Joshua Dufek will move up to Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine and will complete Van Amersfoort Racing’s line up alongside Kas Haverkort and Levente Révész.
The youngster, racing under the Swiss flag, rejoins the Dutch team after an intense double Formula 4 program in 2021, covering both the Italian and German F4 Championship. In order to fully prepare himself for his new FRECA challenge, Joshua competed during the first three rounds of the Formula Regional Asian championship.
Dufek’s single-seater debut followed productive years in karting at the very young age of eight years old. The years thereafter, he kept impressing and registering strong results. Quickly recognised as a talented driver, Joshua joined the prestigious Sauber Junior Team in 2019. As a Sauber Junior driver, he performed very well during the closing stages of his karting career, claiming respectable results in top level race events such as the WSK Euro Series and the CIK-FIA World Championship.
“Being able to continue my career with Van Amersfoort Racing is an absolute highlight for me. We had an incredible year together, covering two extremely tough championships in one season. I have learned so much during that year, both on- and off-track, so I am really happy to be able to keep progressing with VAR this year. Even though I know the driving characteristics won’t be similar due to the use of different technique and tires, I enjoy the opportunity to get familiar with the Formula Regional car during the Asian rounds. I feel extremely ready to attack the new season together with VAR. As last year, I know it will be a tough season with lots to learn, but I am confident that we’ll do well!”
Rob Niessink – CEO of Van Amersfoort Racing:
“We are very happy to be able to continue working with Joshua. He is an absolute pleasure to work with and his level of determination to be a successful racer is admirable. We saw that in him when he first joined us last year, and he has not let us down whatsoever. He connects well with the team, and all are convinced that Joshua is ready for the next level. For sure he’ll face a strong challenge this season as the championship is extremely competitive, but we have great confidence in him. There’s no doubt that he will put up a good performance and we’ll be there to fully support him in every way possible!”