2020 Formula Three Vice-Champion, Theo Pourchaire is to graduate into Formula Two and will drive for HWA Racelab in the final two rounds in Bahrain at end of November.
Pourchaire will replace fellow F3 junior, Jake Hughes who took over from Giuliano Alesi in Russia after the Frenchman’s surprise move to MP Motorsport just days before the event, following Nobuharu Matsushita’s departure.
Speaking on his step up to F2, Pourchaire said; “I’d like to say a big thank you to BWT HWA RACELAB for giving me this opportunity.
“I can hardly wait to work with the team and get to know a new car. I would also like to thank my family and sponsors for their support. I am ready to race.”
Pourchaire quickly adapted to F3 earlier this season to become the series’ youngest-ever race winner in the fourth race of the campaign before eventually claiming five podiums in last six races to snatch the vice-champion spot even though an unlikely series of events could of seen him declared champion over Oscar Piastri in the final race at Mugello.
Underlining Pourchaire’s success, the Frenchman won the French F4 junior title in 2018 with 16 wins before following that title up by clinching the 2019 ADAC F4 crown ahead of fellow 2020 F3 rookie – Dennis Hauger by seven points.
HWA Racelab Team Principal, Thomas Strick issued a short statement expressing his delight at signing Pourchaire, saying; “We are pleased to allow such a highly-talented young driver to take his first steps in Formula 2,”
Strick in particular praised the Frenchman’s quality as “undisputed” with Pourchaire’s success being something which “speaks for itself.”
Pourchaire’s F2 debut will take place in Bahrain across the weekend of 27-29 November before the series switches to the outer circuit a week later for its’ 2020 season finale a week later across 4-6 December.
Pourchaire will partner experienced F2 star, Artem Markelov for both rounds in Sakhir.