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Boyd confident his team can lift the Asian crown


By Sammy Hamill

Wayne Boyd has back-to-back wins and the Asian Le Mans LMP3 title in his sights as he prepares for the final round of the winter series in Malaysia this weekend.

Currently second in the standings following victory in Thailand last month, Boyd and his United Autosports team-mates Chris Buncombe and Garret Grist aim to finish their Far East campaign with another win in their prototype Ligier at Sepang.

"I've never been to Sepang before but we've got some testing beforehand so we will be able to learn the circuit, which looks really good," said the Templepatrick driver. "It's a very important race for us. It's the final round and we are sitting second in the Championship so we are definitely fighting to win the series.

"If we go in with the same pace we had from all three of us in Thailand I don't see why we can't fight for the win."

Meanwhile, Chris Smiley will have a new team-mate in this season's British Touring Car Championship.

The BTC Racing team have confirmed that Josh Cook will race alongside Carrickfergus driver Smiley in a pair of Type-R Honda Civics.

Cook, a two-time BTCC race winner and a former Jack Sears Trophy champion, switches from Power Maxed Racing and their Vauxhall Astras to join the Bert Taylor team which raced under the Norlin banner last season.

But Norlin Ventures, a Northern Ireland company, has sold its stake in the team.

Cook, who replaces Dan Lloyd, said: "I believe there is huge potential for Chris and I to get great results for BTC Racing."

Smiley welcomed the signing of Cook, tweeting: "So pleased to have @cooksport as my team-mate this year."

The BTCC series begins at Brands Hatch on April 6-7 with Colin Turkington staying with Team BMW and West Surrey Racing to defend the title he won for a third time in 2018.

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