PHM AIX Racing have finalised their driver line-up for the 2024 Formula 3 season following the announcement that Nikita Bedrin will race for the team this season.

Bedrin returns for a second year in Formula 3 after sealing two podium finishes in 2023 at the Budapest Sprint Race and the Spa-Francorchamps Feature event with Jenzer Motorsport.

However, Bedrin also has plenty of history with PHM AIX having previously raced for the team in 2022 at the Formula 4 UAE, ADAC F4, and Italian F4 Championships – becoming a race winner at the former two events.

He also won two races for the team at the Formula Regional Middle East Championship in 2023. Speaking following the announcement of his return, Bedrin was keen to get down to work with PHM AIX.

“I am really happy to get this opportunity,” said Bedrin. “Very last minute news and very unexpected, so a lot of hard work will have to be done. Big thanks to PHM and AIX for making it happen, I’m ready to give it my all.”

PHM AIX Sporting Director Roland Rehfeld praised Bedrin’s maturity as a driver, revealing that the team have no doubts about his ability behind the wheel of a race car.

“Welcome Back to the team, Nikita,” said Rehfeld. “Besides Taylor Barnard, PHM AIX Racing is supporting and educating Nikita in the third season now. No doubts about his raw speed and talent, Nikita matured on and off track and convinced us to give him another chance to prove himself, after a difficult first season in 2023.

“Although being compromised by some bad luck, he was able to show some respectable highlights last season with two podiums under very difficult conditions in F3.

“No doubts, with Nikita, his former FRMEC Teammate Joshua Dufek and Tasanapol, we have a very promising driver line-up, and I am sure, that with all the effort and work the team has done through the winter break, we will compete consistently for points and podiums.”