Canadian driver joins Fortec Motorsport Ltd for British F3 in 2008

Canadian driver Philip Major has announced that he has signed with Fortec Motorsport Ltd, for the 2008 British F3 Championship. Major has been in the UK since the early fall - and has been testing with his new team. The signing will mark another milestone in the career of the Canadian driver, as it is the first season that he will compete outside of North America.

"Everything has gone very well so far," Major, who is 18 years old, and a veteran of two seasons of FBMW USA competition, said of his pre-season testing. "Fortec is a very good team with very good people, and we have been working hard to get ready for the upcoming season. It's a huge jump in competition from FBMW to F3, but it is one I am really looking forward to."

Major also talked about next year. "I am really looking forward to competing in Formula 3," Major said. "I think this is a very good step for my career and I am looking forward to 2008 already."

Team Owner/Director Richard Dutton is very excited about having the young Canadian driver join his team for 2008. "Philip has shown very well in his testing so far," Dutton noted. "The biggest challenge for him is learning all the new circuits that he will compete on next year. We at Fortec are delighted that he has joined us for the 2008 British F3 Championship."

Philip Major Fast Facts

Philip Major is an 18-year-old racer from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. 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. 2006 was Philip's first season in single seater racing. He successfully competed in the Formula BMW USA Championship scoring three top ten finishes. In 2005 Philip was the youngest (16 years old) driver in the 2005 Honda/Michelin Challenge Series, where he finished Vice Champion in the Rookie Standings. Major's first sedan victory was in the regional DAC "Trillium Trophy" GTD class. In 2003 and 2004 Major raced Go- Karts in Ottawa, Canada, and 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. In June 2007 Philip graduated from grade 12 at Ashbury College where he achieved the distinguished academic standing of "Ontario Scholar".