PHM Racing has turned to talented newcomers and the 2021 champion rookie for this season’s ADAC Formula 4. Nikita Bedrin (Italy) will go in pursuit of the title for the Berlin-based outfit. The team also has ambitious goals for Jonas Ried from Dinterhofen and Britain’s Taylor Barnard. Valentin Kluss (Bad Mergentheim) has his sights set on the Rookie title.
All the drivers share the same motivation in ADAC Formula 4: to lay the foundation for a successful motorsport career. Nikita Bedrin took the first step in 2021, when the 16-year-old won one race at both the Hockenheimring and the Nürburgring on his way to claiming the Rookie title. Now with a new team, and a new team owner in Paul Müller, Bedrin is aiming for the Drivers’ Championship in the ADAC’s high-speed school.
Jonas Ried has already proven that he inherited plenty of talent from his father Christian Ried (team principal at Proton Competition). The 17-year-old claimed two podium finishes in the Formula 4 championship in the United Arab Emirates. Now in his first year in the ADAC’s junior Formula series, Ried is looking to finish in the top five.
Taylor Barnard has also enjoyed success in the Arabian Formula 4 winter series. The 17-year-old took victory in Abu Dhabi, presenting PHM Racing with its first victory in the team’s young history. At just 14 years of age, Valentin Kluss is the youngest driver at PHM Racing. Kluss arrives in Formula 4 as the reigning ADAC Kart Masters OK Junior Champion, and has his sights set firmly on the Rookie title in Formula 4. Last year, he and his team-mates got in some valuable kilometres of testing behind the wheel of the new Tatuus F4 T-021.
“Our driver line-up underlines our approach, which is to establish our new team as successfully as possible. Generally speaking, I am happy with the strong and promising group of drivers. The first test at Spa-Francorchamps showed that we are on the right track. The competition in ADAC Formula 4 is fierce, so we still have a lot of work ahead of us if we are to achieve our goals,” said team manager Roland Rehfeld.