MOTORSPORT: Wayne Boyd joins United Autosports for European Le Mans Series

Wayne Boyd.
Wayne Boyd.

Wayne Boyd has got the break in motor racing that has eluded him with the news that he is to join United Autosports for their debut in the 2016 European Le Mans Series.

The Ulster driver is the team’s final signing for the two-car Ligier JS P3 assault on the six-race championship and he will join regulars, Mark Patterson and Matt Bell, behind the wheel of the number 3 Ligier JS P3.

The 25-year-old won the British Formula Ford Championship and the ultra-competitive Formula Ford Festival in 2008. His dominant performance earned him a nomination for the prestigious BRDC McLaren Autosport Award that same year. In 2014 he won the Walter Hayes Trophy, following that up with his second Formula Ford Festival win in 2015. He has also raced in the British Formula Three Championship, scoring an impressive win from outside the top ten in wet conditions at Donington Park in 2009. He has also raced at Macau and has shown his racing craft in America, claiming third in the 2011 US F2000 Championship.

“I am absolutely delighted to join United Autosports and I am very grateful for the opportunity,” said Boyd.

“I have always followed the ELMS and wanted to be a part of it, especially in prototypes. I have known Richard Dean of United Autosports for years and now to be able to work with him and his team is fantastic. Massive thanks for all the people who have helped make this happen.”

The team will now head to Imola, Italy, to continue their pre-season testing programme with both Ligier JS P3 cars and all six of their drivers ahead of the official ELMS Prologue at Paul Ricard, France.

The 2016 ELMS season kicks off at Silverstone, from April 15-16.