Formula Ford Festival: Boyd back to scene of teen success
Wayne Boyd heads to this weekend's Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch aiming to turn the clock back to the days when he was the hottest young racing talent in Britain.
Boyd has just turned 23, but back in 2007/08, while he was still at school, he was all but unbeatable in Formula Ford, winning the Northern Ireland championship and going on to become British champion as well as scoring a big end-of-season victory at the Festival.
The then-teenager from Templepatrick jumped straight up to Formula 3 and although he won at Donington, it was the start of a decline which today sees the 2008 Belfast Telegraph Young Sportsman of the Year back home and making only sporadic appearances.
He had a season in America in 2011 where he won twice and finished third in the US National FF2000 championship, but like so many talented young drivers before him Boyd ran into the brick wall of a budget deficit. He simply didn't have the money or the backers to continue.
But the lure of the Festival, the virtual World championship of Formula Ford racing, has drawn him back again.
This weekend, Boyd joins the Medina Motorsport team for a one-off outing in a Van Diemen RF02 in a bid to relive his past glories.
"I know I'm going to be a bit rusty having only been out in one fun race in a Ginetta all year, but I've done some test runs with the Medina team this week and it felt good," he said. "I'm not looking to make up the numbers – I really want to win."