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Frustrated Wayne Boyd aiming to beat bad luck bogey at European Le Mans sportscar series

By Sammy Hamill

Published 25/08/2016

Wayne Boyd: French race offers chance to get back on ELMS podium
Wayne Boyd: French race offers chance to get back on ELMS podium

Wayne Boyd will hope to put his run of bad luck behind him in round four of the European Le Mans sportscar series at the Paul Ricard circuit in the south of France this weekend.

Second on his debut with the United Autosports team at Silverstone, the former British Formula Ford champion from Templepatrick has been one of the fastest drivers in the ELMS field but has been left frustrated by the misfortunes which have befallen him and team-mates Matt Bell and Mark Patterson.

Like at Imola where a freak thunderstorm brought out the safety car for the entire duration of Boyd's stint in the closing stages of the race. Or in Austria when their LMP3 Ligier-Nissan was rammed from behind, causing a puncture and damaging the bodywork.

They lost six laps, finishing eighth and dropping back to sixth in the standings which are led by United Autosports team-mates Alex Brundle, Christian England and Mike Guasch.

The fast, flowing Paul Ricard circuit, where he tested with the team earlier in the year, offers Boyd an opportunity to get on the podium again provided they can steer clear of the trouble which has dogged them in the last two races.

Meanwhile, Colin Turkington is back in action in the British Touring Car Championship at Rockingham after a bruising weekend at Knockhill saw the two-time champion slip to sixth in the points table.

He drove superbly for third and fourth places in the first two races at the undulating Scottish track but his BMR Subaru Levorg was damaged in a clash with the BMW of Rob Collard in race three as he challenged the leaders.

It meant a zero score and, although he is still the top Subaru driver, Turkington is now 48 points behind leader Sam Tordoff from the West Surrey BMW team.

Rockingham also sees two further rounds in the UK Ginetta Junior Championship in which Daniel Harper continues to lead the rookie category in fifth place overall. The Dromore High School student has been in the wars of late, including having a race win taken away from him and being penalised for a jump start at Knockhill.

But Harper, in his first year of racing as the Ginetta Scholarship winner, continues to show raw speed and a real winning mentality in a fiercely competitive field of young chargers.

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