Philip Major suffers some bad luck in British F3 Championship
DRIVER NEWS: Majorspeed.com’s Philip Major endured a tough weekend at Croft in Northern England, site of rounds three and four of the British F3 Championship. Major worked through some brake bias issues in qualifying that left him in the lower half of the grid of the 29 car capacity F3 line up. Major was looking ahead to making up ground once the green lights came on. Unfortunately, despite a particularly strong run in the second race, Major was the innocent victim of collisions with another car in both races. It was frustrating for the young Canadian, as he once again showed he has the speed to comfortably run in the top 10. “It has been a tough weekend. It has proven to be very frustrating,“ said Major. “I have to qualify higher up to avoid getting involved with these guys.“ Off the grid in race one Major made immediate progress in his Fortec run Dallara Mercedes. “I passed two cars at the start but I got hit in the back and that was it,” said a disappointed Philip. The second race was started in damp conditions and Major made his way through up to 10th from 16th on the grid. “I passed a car on the outside of the complex and was looking ahead to the next guy,” said Major. “On the very next lap that same guy tried to be a hero and went for it at the same place to get me back. He hit the back of my car and spun me off the track.” His race pace was once again, encouraging, and it will only be a matter of time before that speed turns into results. Major now looks ahead to rounds five and six in mid-May at Monza, the home of the Italian Grand Prix. The wide open spaces of the long straits and fast corners may well afford him the room to build on his improving speed in the car. Philip Major Fast Facts; Philip Major is a 19-year-old racer from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. 2008 will be Major’s first season of British Formula 3 with Fortec. In 2007, Major scored his first podium finish in the Formula BMW USA series with a third in Montreal. He also scored his first pole of the year at Road America. In 2006, Major’s first season in single seater racing, he scored three top ten finishes in the Formula BMW USA Championship. In 2005, Major was the youngest (16 years old) driver in the Honda/Michelin Challenge Series, where he was the Vice Champion in the Rookie Standings, and that was also the year he scored his first sedan victory. In 2003-04 Major raced karts in Ottawa, Canada, and competed in the Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship. Away from the track, Major enjoys Skiing, Tennis (Tennis Canada Certified Level 1 Instructor), X-Country Running and is an accomplished concert band musician. Major is a graduate of Ashbury College where he achieved the distinguished academic standing of "Ontario Scholar".