Break out or bypass php functions


I’m currently doing an online CTF and I have LFI an can read the source code of the upload function. In there I see the following line:

shell_exec('rm -rf ' . uploads/ . '*.p*'); 

So anytime I upload a .php file, it gets deleted. I tried extensions such as .Php or .PHP but if the extension is not .php, the php code is not executed. It also removes any *.h* file and any .htaccess files.

Is there a way to break out the code so the remove of *.p* file never happens or can I execute .php files without having the file extension being .php?

Update 1: I’m also forced to upload the files by a ZIP-file, the web application automatically unzips the file.