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Wayne Boyd in exciting new world with move to Le Mans top division

Stepping up: Wayne Boyd has been handed big opportunity
Stepping up: Wayne Boyd has been handed big opportunity

By Sammy Hamill

Wayne Boyd was just happy that he would be again racing prototype sportscars this year and would continue to be part of the United Autosports team.

But after two encouraging years in the LMP3 class of the European Le Mans Championship a move to the Michelin Le Mans Cup was seen as a step back and not really where he wanted to be.

"I was just happy to have a season of racing ahead of me and grateful to United for keeping me on board," said Boyd, the former British Formula Ford champion from Templepatrick.

Then out of the blue came the call. The Anglo-American team wanted him to move up to LMP2, the top division of ELMS racing.

"I wasn't expecting it. I had tested the LMP2 car in Spain last year, and it went well, but I was preparing myself for the Le Mans Cup and driving with Richard Meins in an LMP3 Ligier when I got the call to say United wanted me to join Will Owen and Hugo de Sadeleer in one of the two LMP2 cars they are running this year.

"To say I was over the moon is an understatement. It is just mega!"

When the championship starts at the Paul Ricard circuit in the south of France this weekend it will be Boyd's third year with United, the past two seeing him establish himself as one of the fastest LMP3 drivers and culminating in his first class win at Portimao in Portugal at the end of last season.

But now he moves to the top division to partner American Owen and Swiss driver De Sadeleer who were ELMS runners-up last year. The second United Ligier JS P217 will be driven by Phil Hanson and Bruno Senna, nephew of the late F1 World champion Ayrton.

Welcoming Boyd on board De Sadeleer said: "Wayne is a logical addition to our LMP2 programme, not only is he an amazing character, he's one of the quickest LMP3 drivers out there and no stranger to the team.

"I was there for his initial test at Aragon and he got on well so I'm really pleased to have him as my team-mate."

Boyd has already completed two days of tests in the LMP2 Ligier at the Le Castellet track ahead of practice and qualifying on Saturday and the four-hour race on Sunday.

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