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Victory is Wayne Boyd's own stuff at Brands Hatch

By Sammy Hamill

For Wayne Boyd there was no better way to celebrate his 25th birthday than by winning the Brands Hatch Formula Ford Festival for a second time.

Seven years have elapsed since the then 'golden boy' of British racing stood on the podium at the Kent circuit and the period in between has been more about frustration than glory.

Just turned 18, the Templepatrick youngster was British Formula Ford champion and Festival winner in 2008, a sure thing to follow past winners like Jenson Button, Mark Webber and Eddie Irvine to the top.

But then it all went wrong. A step up to Formula Three proved a disaster and although Boyd went on to shine in America, his career gradually petered out through lack of financial support.

These days he sells cars and occasionally climbs back into a racing car to show there is no-one better in a Formula Ford. His appearances are now usually limited to the big end-of-season races at Brands Hatch and the Walter Hayes Trophy, which he won last year.

Not having raced at all this season, the amazing Boyd was back at the Festival at the weekend in a Medina Sport Van Diemen to set fastest time in qualifying, win his heat and semi-final and then take victory in the final - having led every lap of every race.

In the final he was leading comfortably until the engine of 2013 winner Niall Murray blew at half-distance, covering the track in oil and bringing the race to a halt. On the re-start Boyd was harried by a trio of drivers - Stephen Daly, Luke Williams and Jake Byrne - but when all three tangled at Druids Bend he was left in the clear to win ahead of Irish rally star Robert Barrable and England's Stuart Gough.

Former NI champion Ivor McCullough won the Masters race which included ex-Lotus F1 driver Martin Donnelly who finished fifth some 30 years after he first appeared at the Festival .

Boyd, meanwhile, moves on to Silverstone and the defence of his Hayes Trophy this weekend.

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