Paraguay’s Joshua Duerksen has joined PHM Racing for 2024 F2 season.
Duerksen’s move will see him bypass F3 and graduate straight into F2, having spent the last two seasons in Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine (FRECA), where he claimed just one podium finish – third place in the second race at Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, this year.
“I am very excited to announce that I will be stepping up to FIA F2 with PHM Racing!” commented Duerksen. “It’s a big step in my career, and I can’t wait to start this new and great challenge!”
Duerksen will become the first Paraguayan driver to race in F2 which excites the 20 year-old as he added: “It’s a huge honour and privilege to be the first Paraguayan driver in history to represent my country in FIA F2.
“Now, I am focused on preparing in the best possible way with PHM for the season. The new car and new circuits will make this year a challenging and exciting one. Let’s go all in!”
PHM Racing’s Sporting Director, Roland Rehfeld meanwhile is “very happy” to confirm Duerksen as their first driver for next season.
Acknowleding the huge step up from FRECA to F2 which Duerksen will be taking like fellow rookie – Andrea Kimi Antonelli, Rehfeld said: “Joshua is coming straight from FRECA into F2. We all know that this is a massive step to manage for him and also for the Team.
“Joshua convinced us with his ‘hands on’ attitude, working ethic and 100% dedication to his profession, which is essential to develop himself with the Team at the highest stage of Formula Racing below F1.”
Despite only managing 66 points across two full seasons in FRECA, Duerksen is a driver who Rehfeld believes is capable of having “more potential”, having already demonstrated his talent in F4 cateegories between 2019-21 with 11 wins and several further podium finishes.
Rehfeld also called on Paraguay to get behind Duerksen next season as he continued: “I guess a whole country will support him as being the first Paraguayan Driver, who is competing at this level. He in particular and all his supporters and partners deserve this chance and we will prepare him as best as possible to be competitive from the beginning on.”