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Wayne Boyd targeting maiden triumph at Silverstone

 

By Sammy Hamill

Wayne Boyd will be teamed with reigning European Le Mans LMP3 champion Christian England when he begins his second season with the United Autosports team at Silverstone this weekend.

The former British Formula Ford champion from Templepatrick had an encouraging introduction to prototype racing in the 2016 ELMS series with the Anglo-American team, scoring podiums and fastest laps in their Nissan-engined Ligier.

Indeed, he finished second at Silverstone last year behind England, Alex Brundle and Mike Guasch, the champions, in United's No.1 car.

Brundle and Guasch have moved on and now Boyd steps up to join England and Mark Patterson for Saturday's four-hour race around the British Grand Prix circuit, where he is hoping for a first victory.

"We had a really good result at Silverstone last year, coming second and making it a one-two for the team," he said. "Hopefully we can reverse the one-two this time and get my first win - that would be a great start to the season."

But their new team-mates, Americans John Falb and Sean Rayhall, represent a major threat having topped the times during the official pre-season test session at Monza in Italy last month.

Practice takes place today with qualifying tomorrow and the race on Saturday afternoon stating at 2.30pm.

Sunday at Silverstone features the opening round of the World Endurance Championship with Porsche and Toyota going head-to-head again.

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