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Boyd relishing chance to show his quality at Le Mans for real

 

Loving Le Mans: Wayne Boyd got his first experience of the Sarthe circuit during his orientation laps last year
Loving Le Mans: Wayne Boyd got his first experience of the Sarthe circuit during his orientation laps last year

By Sammy Hamill

Wayne Boyd will get to realise another of his ambitions - to race on the La Sarthe circuit at Le Mans.

It will not be the full 24-hour race, but the former British Formula Ford champion and F3 winner from Templepatrick will be part of the June 15-16 support programme, driving in the Michelin Le Mans Cup for the United Autosports team.

Boyd already has experience of the legendary 13km circuit after completing the mandatory orientation laps last year when he was United's reserve driver for the main event. This time he gets to be part of the show and will share an LMP3 Ligier prototype with American Naj Husain in the two 55-minute Michelin Cup races.

In a busy year, Boyd has already been competing in the Asian and European Le Mans series and has recently been drafted into the United Michelin Cup team as well. Now he's heading back to France and he's thrilled.

"I'm absolutely buzzing to be racing at Le Mans - I'm going to be spending a lot of time on the PlayStation getting up to speed with the circuit again," he enthused.

"I did my 10-lap orientation test last year in case I was needed and loved the circuit and the whole Le Mans experience even if I didn't get the chance to race. But now I get to do it for real."

Meanwhile, the Kirkistown race circuit where Boyd began his career will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the iconic Mini on Saturday.

The 500 Club are laying on a maxi programme of 16 races, including superkarts, but focusing strongly on Minis with the visit of the contenders from Scotland in the Celtic Mini Cooper Cup.

Formula Fords, and the continuing battle for the Dawson-WAM Northern Ireland Championship between Alan Davidson and David McCullough, will also feature, as will the saloon categories which are boosted by the appearance of the Scottish Fiesta Cup competitors.

The Irish Ginetta Junior Championship, showcasing rising stars ranging from 14- to 17-year-olds, makes an appearance too, along with races for Mazdas, Fiestas and roadsports plus, of course, three races for the ultra-fast superkarts.

But it is a Mini celebration and spectators turning up in one of the little cars will be admitted free. Qualifying from 9am with racing due to start at 11.30am.

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