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Wayne Boyd feels he can go one better in Walter Hayes Trophy

By SAMMY HAMILL

Having come so close to winning the Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch, Wayne Boyd has thrown his hat into the ring for this weekend's big end-of-season Walter Hayes Trophy races at Silverstone.

His return to the Brands Hatch Festival, where he was successful five years ago, was intended as a one-off appearance but, after being beaten in the final by just a couple of car lengths, the former British champion has extended his deal with Medina Racing.

Despite barely having raced for two years, the 23-year-old Templepatrick driver just missed out on victory in the final laps of the final when he ran wide at Paddock as he tried to overtake leader Niall Murray.

Encouraged by his performances, Boyd couldn't resist the draw of Silverstone this weekend and will join a strong group of Irish drivers taking part including Murray, NI champion Ivor McCullough, Jonny McMullan, Noel Robinsonand Kevin O'Hara.

Robert Barrable, more regularly seen in the World rally championship these days but a former Irish FF1600 champion, returns to his roots to take part.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, Niall McShea is back in action this weekend in the Chinese rally championship.

He and co-driver Marshall Clarke tackle the Longyou Rally which is also part of the Asia-Pacific series. Surprisingly, McShea finds himself driving a 1600 turbocharged Skoda Fabia which has been prepared for him by his Red Bull China team instead of his regular ex-Barrable S2000 Skoda.

Locally, the Mid Antrim Club's Glens of Antrim Rally takes place on Saturday in Cam and Springwell forests with Martin Cairns heading the line up in his Subaru.

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