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Wayne Boyd buzzing and on the pace as Le Mans series clicks into gear

 

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Times topper: Wayne Boyd led the LMP3 lap charts

Times topper: Wayne Boyd led the LMP3 lap charts

Times topper: Wayne Boyd led the LMP3 lap charts

Wayne Boyd says he is "buzzing" as he prepares for the delayed start of the European Le Mans Series at the Paul Ricard circuit in the south of France this weekend.

The former British Formula Ford champion from Templepatrick, who is beginning his fifth season with the Anglo-American United Autosports team, faces a busy schedule, driving in the four-hour ELMS race and also in the supporting Michelin Le Mans Cup round.

"It has been a while and I'm absolutely buzzing to be back racing again," said Boyd, who shares a new Nissan-powered LMP3 Ligier prototype with Rob Wheldon and 19-year-old Tom Gamble, the 2018 Autosport Young Driver of the Year, as well as racing alongside American amateur John Schauerman in the Le Mans Cup.

"I'm really excited to be starting my fifth season in the ELMS with United Autosports and also to be racing in the Le Mans Cup which should be a big advantage for us in terms of car set up for main races each weekend.

"As well as that, my new team mates for the main races, Rob and Tom, are both well established and fast drivers, so as a line up we should be strong."

But it was Boyd, already an ELMS race winner and runner-up in the Asian version of the series, who set the pace during two days of testing at the Ricard circuit this week, topping the LMP3 times in two of the sessions before being edged into second place by Niko Kari from the 2019 championship winning Eurointernational team.

Duncan Tappy in the second of United Autosports LMP3 Ligiers was third fastest before Boyd again set the fastest time in yesterday's Le Mans Cup prologue.

The UA team, which is part owned by Zak Brown, head of a resurgent McLaren in Formula One, will be defending their LMP2 title with a pair of Orecas led by Phil Hanson and Filipe Albuquerque t.

The Michelin Cup round take place tomorrow with the ELMS race on Sunday afternoon.

Belfast Telegraph