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Boyd to remain United for 2019 Le Mans series

 

Euro challenge: Wayne Boyd
Euro challenge: Wayne Boyd

By Sammy Hamill

Wayne Boyd's European Le Mans odyssey is to continue.

The Templepatrick driver will return to the prototype sportscar series with the United Autosports team for a fourth year, contesting the six-round endurance championship with American Garret Grist and Brazilian veteran Tommy Erdos.

The trio will drive an LMP3 Ligier, Boyd reverting back to the class in which he was an ELMS winner in 2017 after a year in LMP2.

He and Grist were team-mates in the winter Asian Le Mans series, winning in Thailand and fighting for the title until the final round.

"Racing in the Asian Le Mans Series over the winter back in an LMP3 car definitely sets me up for the European season ahead," said Boyd.

"We had good pace out there and I'm looking forward to bringing that over to Europe."

The series starts with an official test at Le Castellet on April 8 with the first round at the south of France circuit six days later.

Meanwhile, with back-to-back Irish Tarmac Championship wins behind him, Craig Breen turns his attention to Italy this weekend, driving an R5 Skoda Fabia for the Metior Sport team in the Rallye del Ciocco.

Still hoping to return to the World Championship later this season after being axed by Citroen, Breen is keeping himself busy and has already won the Galway International and West Cork rallies in the past few weeks.

The rally is round one of the Italian Championship and, though reigning champion Paolo Andreucci has retired, Breen will be up against several familiar faces from the past including Luca Rossetti and Giandomenico Basso.

Closer to home, the Trioton Showers Irish National Championship resumes on Sunday with the Midland Rally based at Longford.

First round winner Josh Moffett heads the line-up ahead of 2018 champion Declan Boyle, both in WRC Ford Fiestas.

Starting at three will be former Tarmac champion Garry Jennings in his WRC Subaru and the top 10 also includes Ulster drivers Peadar Hurson and Joe McGonigle.

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