Wayne Boyd aims for Le Mans glory with United Autosports
Wayne Boyd is stepping up to the LMP2 class in this year's European Le Mans sportscar championship with the United Autosports team.
The former multi Formula Ford champion from Templepatrick, who has been part of the Anglo-American UA team for the past two years, competing in the LMP3 category, had originally been named to contest the Michelin Le Mans Cup series alongside Englishman Richard Meins.
But now he has been moved up to their LMP2 team and will share a Ligier JS P217 with Will Owen and Hugo de Sadeleer in the main Le Mans championship, which starts with the official prologue on April 9/10 at the Paul Ricard circuit in the south of France.
The announcement came after it was revealed Boyd, who was a LMP3 race winner at Portimao at the end of last season, had tested the LMP2 Ligier alongside two-time World F1 champion Fernando Alonso at Aragon in Spain back in November.
"To be back with United for my third season (in the Le Mans Cup) was amazing but now they have given me this huge opportunity," he said.
"I had a test with the team in LMP2 at Aragon last year and it went really well. I still have a lot to learn but I have two great team mates and an amazing team around me to help. It's a dream come true for me."
Zak Brown, United's joint team owner, said: "I'm really pleased Wayne will be joining our LMP2 programme. He has been quick in our LMP3 car and I'm confident he will carry this on to the LMP2 project. He's great to have around and he will work well with Will and Hugo."
Meanwhile, the local racing season gets under way at the Kirkistown circuit in Co Down tomorrow, the 500 Club meeting headlined by two rounds of the Northern Ireland Formula Ford championship.