US National FF2000: Boyd still in the hunt for success
Wayne Boyd kept his challenge for the US National FF2000 championship alive with two strong second place finishes in rounds seven and eight in Ohio.
The former British FF1600 champion from Templepatrick, now driving for Indiana-based Belardi Racing, remains fourth in the series but has narrowed the gap to two drivers ahead of him, Spencer Pigot and Zach Veach, after the double-header weekend at the Mid-Ohio road course at Lexington.
Boyd had scored his first American win at the previous round in Milwaukee but, this time, series leader Petri Suvanto won both races to remain clear at the top of the standings.
“It was slightly disappointing not to win either of the races but we didn’t have the pace to match Suvanto this weekend,” said Boyd, whose Van Diemen is now backed by technology company TheAppBuilder.
“Still, we came away with good championship points and look to do better in the next round at Elkhart Lake.”
The Ohio race weekend also featured the American Le Mans sportscar series but there was little joy for Boyd’s fellow Ulsterman Steven Kane.
Having finished third in the previous round at Ontario, Kane and co-driver Humaid Al Masood had a promising start when they qualified their Lola-Mazda third fastest.
But Al Masood spun off early in the race, damaging the rear suspension.
And when Kane took over, the track was swamped by a downpour and he, too, ended off the track, along with half the field.
It was little consolation for Kane that the latter part of the race took place behind the safety car and it was eventually red-flagged as the torrential rain continued.