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Meet Philip Senior

This Classic Formula Ford newcomer finally got to make a proper debut at Snetterton and he’s hoping for many more outings to come.

“I think Richard and I have got over that,” says Philip Senior of the crash that ended his Formula Ford debut last year before it even started. His Royale RP24 had a coming-together with Richard Yeomans’s Crossle at the Silverstone Finals, but the two now share paddock space happily.

Senior was a relatively late starter in motorsport, having only ever done arrive and drive karting before his 2021 debut, and he got support from another late starter via a coincidence.

“I work with Sophia, Jordan Harrison’s wife,” he explains.

“She overheard a chance conversation saying that I was going to do my ARDS test, and I should talk to Jordan. He convinced me to do a test, which turned into a race and buying my own car.

“For years, I’d talked about going up into cars from karts. I thought about doing the Ford Ka endurance series.”

As a London dweller, Senior had a logistical problem with beginning a career as an owner-driver.

“I’d got nowhere to store a car and nowhere to work on it. But I decided to do my ARDS test and get it over with.”

His goals for the season are modest: top-ten finishes would represent a goal achieved.

He will not be out at Silverstone, as he is expecting to become a father very soon, but he will be back later in the year.

By Rachel Harris-Gardiner

Rachel Harris-Gardiner is the editor of Vintage Formula Ford and former Historic editor for ff1600website.com. She is a regular contributor to Autosport and Motorsport News and writes her own blog about women in motorsport, Speedqueens.

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