Wayne Boyd edged out in Formula Ford Festival
Wayne Boyd came up a car length short in his bid to relive past glories in the Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch.
The Templepatrick driver, who was British champion and Festival winner five years ago, finished second in the final at the Kent circuit, beaten by one of the current crop of rising Irish stars Niall Murray.
Boyd, who was making a one-off appearance in a Medina Van Diemen after being sidelined for most of the past two years, made a perfect start to his return to the scene of former successes. He was fastest in qualifying to claim pole position for his heat on Saturday, but after sprinting into the lead he spun at the first corner.
He fought back from eighth to finish sixth and went on to take second place in his semi-final behind England's Joey Foster, qualifying on the second row of the grid for the final.
The second semi-final was won by another Irish driver, Noel Dunne, with Murray third.
Dunne led the final until an incident at Druids Hill Bend brought out the safety car and it was Murray who seized the opportunity to grab the lead, pursued by Boyd.
They raced nose to tail for much of the rest of the race until Boyd ran wide onto the gravel at Paddock Bend three laps from the end and dropped to third behind Oliver White. But he fought back, reclaiming second place and closing on Murray as they flashed over the finish line.
NI champion Ivor McCullough, Brands winner for the past two years, finished in sixth place ahead of Dunne, Stephen Daly and Jonny McMullan, who had earlier won the FF1600 historic final.