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Boyd back in Formula Ford mayhem for Hayes Trophy bid

By Sammy Hamill

Wayne Boyd will turn back time to race in the big finale to the Formula Ford season, the Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone this weekend. He won it two years ago but has since moved onwards and upwards to drive in the European Le Mans sports car series for the United Autosports team but Boyd says he had no hesitation in saying 'yes' when the invitation came to return to his roots.

"I have a good relationship with John Loebell of Medina Sports and he asked me to test his new Medina JL16K car a couple of months ago with the idea of doing the Hayes Trophy," said the former British FF1600 champion.

"I got out of the car after the test with a big smile on my face and said I would do it. The car felt good and I think it has a real chance of being up at the front this weekend.

"Mind you, I still have to get my head round the idea of being back in the mayhem of Formula Ford racing after a season in a big V8 Ligier-Nissan sports car. It is going to be very different but I'm looking forward to it."

Boyd, of course, was the Formula Ford benchmark five or six years ago, dominating the British series and winning the Brands Hatch Festival. He has made occasional returns in recent times, winning the Hayes Trophy in 2014 and the Festival again last year.

But he has been one of the star performers for the Anglo-American United Autosports team in the ELMS championship this year, scoring two podium finishes despite a run of appalling luck.

For now, however, it is back to Formula Ford and Silverstone where he will be joined by a strong Irish contingent which includes new British champion Niall Murray, winner of the Brands Hatch Festival and the Martin Donnelly Trophy last month, Jordan Dempsey, Neville Smith, Jennifer Mullan and British GT4 teams' champion Robert Barrable.

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