Racing driver Phil changes tracks to join new team – Saddleworth Independent
A NEW chapter in Phil McGarty’s racing career of Austerlands is about to unfold.
Phil, raised in Denshaw, will host his new team Alistair Rushworth Motorsport’s first race at Croft on the weekend of September 17-18.
Phil, 43, who has previously driven for Xentek Motorsport, is competing in the Ginetta GT5 Challenge which supports the British Touring Car Championship. This is the class where Formula 1 Lando Norris has driven before, as has Billy Monger.
And since he started racing in 2015, Phil, owner of County End Electrical in Lees, has enjoyed tremendous success.
After three seasons in the Ginetta GRDC Series, Phil moved on to the Ginetta GT5 Challenge.
He finished fourth, fourth and third in the amateur section in 2018, 19 and 20 and is currently on track to finish third this time around with two race weekends remaining – Croft and Donington Park.
In 2019, he landed eight podiums and nine in 2020 including a win at Donington Park.
Phil was second in his class until he had to miss a round due to a period of isolation due to Covid.
There are seven racing weekends during the season and Phil can race on iconic tracks such as Silverstone, Donington Park and Oulton Park.
Phil, who canoeed nationally in his youth, has always had a passion for track cars.
But he only started racing by accident, as he explained: “I went to Leeds to buy a road registered track car and found out it was £ 4000 cheaper to buy. a race car.
“The car cost £ 36,000 and since then I have had seven cars and have hired a few, but now I only have two.”
Phil added that it is expensive, saying it costs him around £ 40,000 per season to run, and that is by cutting costs.
It is also indebted to three local companies that sponsor it – AC Tires, S&J Signs and Graphics and the Conway Group.
Phil would like to run higher, but said it probably won’t happen due to finances.
He said: ‘I couldn’t do it with £ 40,000 a year, you would be at £ 140,000.
“Young people can get funding, but 40 or so Oldhams don’t like it.
“To go anywhere in motorsport you need money and it is not easy to climb it unless you have a lot of money.
“It’s all about the money, not raw talent. “
Phil’s business, which employs four people, sells electric charging stations and other electrical work.