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Boyd delighted at United call for European Le Mans season

By Sammy Hamill

It was the New Year present Wayne Boyd had been hoping for, the confirmation he will continue to drive for the United Autosports team in the European Le Mans prototype series in 2017.

The former British Formula Ford champion from Templepatrick joined the Anglo-American UA team last season after a prolonged period on the fringes of motor racing but made the switch from single-seaters to sportscars seamlessly, achieving three podium finishes and securing his first pole position.

In his debut season he and team-mates Matt Bell and Mark Patterson finished fourth in LMP3 in the ELMS series while United Autosports' No.1 Ligier driven by Christian England, Alex Brundle and American Mike Guasch took the title.

Now Boyd is moving up to join champion England for the six-round championship which begins at Silverstone in April. Patterson will be part of the team, too, along with Americans John Falb and former Indy Lights winner Sean Rayhall.

"I am absolutely over the moon to be staying with United again for 2017 - and to be racing with Christian England instead of against him," said Boyd.

"I learnt a lot in my first year of prototype racing which should enable me to improve several aspects for the upcoming season.

"Driving alongside Mark again will be a pleasure - his pace is always strong and he doesn't make mistakes. We had a lot of bad luck last season but had the pace to be on the podium every round so the championship will definitely be our aim for 2017.

"The ELMS is such a professional championship with superb circuits and now with the addition of Monza and Portimao it's going to be even stronger."

United Autosports became ELMS LMP3 champions at the penultimate round of the 2016 season at Spa Francorchamps after scoring three wins, a second and third place in five races.

In total, the team scored eight podiums from six races with their two Ligier JS P3 prototypes.

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