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Determined Boyd sets sights on elusive Le Mans victory

 

By Sammy Hamill

He's had pole positions and podiums, but a first European Le Mans series win still eludes Wayne Boyd. The Templepatrick driver and his United Autosports team-mates Mark Patterson and Christian England move on to the Red Bull Ring in Austria this weekend for round three of the prototype championship. They sit second in the LMP3 standings after finishing third at Silverstone and fourth at Monza.

Now Boyd, who started from pole at Monza last month and set the fastest lap - and has been buoyed by a strong two-day test session at Spa in Belgium last week - is eager to convert that speed into a first win.

"We are in a good position in the Championship, 10 points behind G-Drive Racing despite a bit of bad luck in the first couple of rounds," he said. "Last year at the Red Bull Ring I qualified on the front row, so hopefully we can go one better and then be in a good position for the race."

Qualifying is tomorrow and the four-hour race takes place on Sunday afternoon.

Meanwhile, Kris Meeke has been back on board his Citroen C3 for the first time in more than a month in a test session for next week's Rally Finland.

Despite winning Rally Mexico, Meeke was left out of the Citroen team for the Polish round of the World Championship after a series of crashes but is now poised to return in Finland, where he won last year.

He tested new upgrades to the Citroen in wet conditions earlier this week but has yet to comment on the changes - or, indeed, the decision to replace him with Andreas Mikkelsen in Poland.

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