THE VOICE OF NA­TIONAL RAC­ING JAMES “Henry took me un­der his wing”

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For­mula Ford star Wayne Boyd will make the step up to the Euro­pean Le Mans Se­ries this year af­ter se­cur­ing a deal to han­dle one of United Au­tosports’ new LMP3 ma­chines.

North­ern Ir­ish­man Boyd, 25, will share one of the An­gloAmer­i­can team’s new Nis­san-pow­ered Ligier JS P3s with Bri­ton Matt Bell and Amer­i­can Mark Patterson for the full ELMS sched­ule, which be­gins at Sil­ver­stone on April 16.

Boyd lifted the Bri­tish For­mula Ford ti­tle in 2008 and went on to be a race win­ner in Bri­tish F3 and the Amer­i­can USF2000 Cham­pi­onship be­fore bud­get is­sues stalled his ca­reer. He has since been re­stricted to a hand­ful of For­mula Ford 1600 events per year and last year won the Kent Fes­ti­val to add to his 2014 Wal­ter Hayes Tro­phy ti­tle.

“This is the big­gest op­por­tu­nity I’ve had in my ca­reer and I owe so much to United Au­tosports and [team co-founder] Richard Dean,” said Boyd. “I’ve known Richard for years and helped him out with cor­po­rate bits, and for him to give me this chance is amaz­ing.

“I’ve got two very ex­pe­ri­enced team-mates in Mark and Matt and I don’t think any of us will be off the pace this sea­son. They will help me get up to speed with the car quickly. We’re not go­ing in to fin­ish se­cond, we want wins from the start and the cham­pi­onship is the goal.”

Boyd tested the LMP3 for the first time at a wet Magny-cours re­cently, be­fore hav­ing his first dry run­ning at Don­ing­ton Park last week.

“The P3 is hugely dif­fer­ent to what I know, but didn’t take too long to adapt to,” he added. “The big­gest dif­fer­ence is the sheer power of it and hav­ing to be very con­trolled on the throt­tle out of tight turns to limit the wheel­spin. It has less aero than an F3 car, but just a lot more power. Rac­ing with a roof over my head also takes some get­ting used to as you have less vi­sion, but within a few laps I felt com­fort­able.”

First dry P3 run was at Don­ing­ton Park

Boyd has won Fford ti­tles

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