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Boyd excited to get United call-up to make his Le Mans 24-Hour race debut



Big race date: Wayne Boyd will make Le Mans 24-Hour debut

Big race date: Wayne Boyd will make Le Mans 24-Hour debut

Big race date: Wayne Boyd will make Le Mans 24-Hour debut

Wayne Boyd headed into this weekend’s European Le Mans Series fourth round at Monza buoyed by the news he will make his debut in the big race itself in August.

The European and Asian LMP3 champion from Templepatrick will be part of a nine-strong United Autosports driver squad for the Le Mans 24-Hour endurance classic on August 20-21.

He will share an LMP2 Oreca with Scottish former F1 driver Paul di Resta and Englishman Alex Lynn. Two other United LMP2 Orecas will be driven by the World Endurance Championship trio of Phil Hanson, Filipe Albuquerque and Fabio Scherer plus Nico Jamin, Jonathan Aberdein and Manuel Maldonado.

Boyd, who has won two LMP3 Championships and eight races as well as scoring 12 pole positions and 27 podiums, has been driving an LMP2 Oreca in the IMSA Sports Car Championship in America this season, scoring two podium finishes, and answered a last-minute call to join Hanson and Albuquerque in the WEC round in Portugal when Scherer tested positive for Covid, helping them to third place.

Richard Dean, who co-owns the Anglo American United team with McLaren F1 boss Zak Brown, said: “Wayne truly deserves the opportunity to make his Le Mans 24-Hours debut this year. He is a real talent and has been one of United’s most successful and adaptable drivers since we started in sportscars.

“The fact Wayne has also remained loyal to the team for so long – he joined in 2016 meant this was an easy decision for us to make. I know the whole team is delighted to see him get this chance and we have every faith in him to deliver on the biggest stage.”

The busy Boyd is back in action this weekend, sharing an LMP3 Ligier with Edouard Cauhaupe and Rob Wheldon in the Monza four-hour race, and will also take part in the Michelin Le Mans Cup alongside American John Schauerman. Charlie Eastwood is also racing at Monza with Salih Yuloc and American Logan Sargeant in the Racing Team Turkey LMP2 Oreca.

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Although he has never taken part in the big Le Mans race, Boyd has some experience of the Le Sarthe course, saying it is one of his favourite circuits.

“I’ve had a decent amount of mileage around the track with doing the Le Mans Cup the last two years,” he said. “We were on pole last year in LMP3 by seven tenths so I’m confident I’ll be up to speed quickly.

“I am so unbelievably excited to be making my Le Mans debut with such a mega line-up as Paul di Resta and Alex Lynn. And a massive thanks to Zak, Richard and United for giving me such an opportunity.”

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