Belfast Telegraph

Boyd is raring to go after his frustrating Imola experience

By Sammy Hamill

Wayne Boyd will hope to put the most frustrating race of his career behind him when he lines up for round three of the European Le Mans sportscar series in Austria this weekend.

Back in May he found himself stuck behind a safety car for almost an hour as he toured round and round the Imola circuit in Italy and never had the opportunity to race.

"I'm really looking forward to racing at the Red Bull Ring. We had a very positive test there which left us all very confident," he said. "But with it being the shortest track on the ELMS calendar, traffic management will be critical and is going to require 100 per cent concentration.

"We'll be pushing for the win as always but especially after the last round disappointment."

The former British Formula Ford champion from Templepatrick had qualified on pole position in just his second appearance in the United Autosports team's LMP3 Ligier-Nissan in the ELM series and was due to drive the final stint of the four-hour race at Imola.

Team-mate Matt Bell led initially but, after Mark Patterson had taken over for the second stint, he was penalised for exceeding the pit lane speed limit as he came in to refuel, dropping them to seventh.

Boyd, who had shown great pace all weekend after a debut second position finish at Brands Hatch, was confident of making up places but, as he took over the car with an hour to go, the circuit was swamped in a rain and hail storm. With cars spinning off on almost every corner, the safety car was deployed and stayed out until the end.

Victory went to the other United Autosports Ligier of Alex Brundle, Mike Guasch and Christian England, their second win in a row, with a dejected Boyd stuck in seventh.

Once the best Formula Ford driver in Britain by a mile, Boyd has had to wait a long time for the opportunity to step up to international level with an important team and Imola was such a let down. But now it is on to the Red Bull Ring in Austria for another four-hour race on Sunday.

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