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Boyd setting his sights on glory as he prepares for Asian debut


Wayne Boyd

It was Charlie Eastwood last weekend, but now it is Wayne Boyd's turn to chase a Chinese takeaway at the grand prix circuit in Shanghai.

Boyd has been included in the United Autosports team for the Asian Le Mans sports car series, which begins this weekend with the Chinese round, where he will share an LMP3 Ligier with Chris Buncombe and Garett Grist.

The former British Formula Ford champion from Templepatrick has been part of the United Autosports team since 2016, this season driving one of their LMP2 cars in the European Le Mans Championship.

But for this new venture by the Anglo-American UA team, he switches to the LMP3 category where he was a European winner for them last season.

It is all new for Boyd as he has never driven in Asia before, but he couldn't be more excited about his unexpected opportunity.

"I really wasn't expecting the call-up, I thought my season was over after the last European race," said Boyd. "But I'm really looking forward to making the best of this chance.

"Garett did a brilliant job this year in LMP3 in ELMS and Chris has a seriously impressive CV, so I'm confident we can fight for the win straight away.

"As for the circuit, like them all in Asia, I've never been to it but it looks quite different than what we're used to in Europe, with very long and technical corners."

United Autosports are making a big push for the Asian titles with three cars entered - one in LMP2 and two in LMP3 - for the four rounds which also include trips to Japan, Thailand and Malaysia.

Fellow Ulsterman Eastwood was part of the TF Sport Aston Martin team in Shanghai last weekend for a round of the World Endurance Championship but, despite some impressively quick stints by the former GB Porsche champion, he and his team finished well down the GTE order.

Team-mate Sahil Yoluc went off the road during a wet start to the six-hour race and they lost several laps effecting repairs.

Belfast Telegraph