Meet Wayne

Wayne Boyd, 2011

Wayne Boyd, 2016

Wayne’s Fast Facts

Name: Wayne Boyd

Birthdate: October 25, 1990

Birthplace: Belfast

Residence: Templepatrick

Height/Weight: 6’ / 188cm // 140Lbs / 66kg

Marital Status: Single

Racing Idols: Kimi Raikonen / Valentino Rossi

Fitness Routine: Running, cycling, swimming, rowing, and weights

Racing Ritual: Left glove on first and enter car on left-hand side – always.

Wayne Boyd gained international recognition with his dominate performance that claimed the very prestigious British Formula Ford Championship and the British Formula Ford Festival in 2008. The first person to win both in the same year since Formula 1 great Jensen Button did the same. He has been named as one of British Racing Driver Club (BRDC) Superstars, nominated for the esteemed BRDC McLaren Autosport Award and became a member of the British Motorsports Association MSA Race Elite Drivers.

Boyd then received an opportunity to race in British Formula 3 International. A very large step to make, going from a Formula Ford with a top speed of 140mph and zero downforce to the very agile Dallara Formula 3 chassis, with sophisticated aerodynamics and a top speed of 175mph. It was a season of adjustment with a limited budget, but even so, Boyd managed at least one race win in which he captured the checkered flag after starting the race outside the top ten. For his seasonal efforts he was again named as one of BRDC Superstars.

With a lack of funds to put forth a serious effort in 2010, Wayne regrouped in 2011 to take advantage of the Mazda Road to Indy ladder series in the United States. Wayne jumped in his first US F2000 Van Diemen during the first practice session of the first race in the US F2000 National Championships presented by Cooper Tires and Powered by Mazda, the first rung on the ladder. With zero testing, Wayne finished the season strong with two wins, two-2nds and a pair of 3rd place finishes that would place him 3rd in the US F2000 Championships standings.

With limited funding Wayne has continued his racing with only a handful of races, yet continues to consistently find the podium. In 2012, participating in only two USF2000 races, he had one mechanical failure and added another 2nd place finish to his tally. In 2014, he won the famed Walter Hayes Trophy and in 2015, Wayne won the prestigious Formula Ford Festival for a second time. The event landed him 46th on the list of the Top 60 Defining Moments in Motorsports for 2016 by Motorsport News.

Nutts Corner – Where it all began!

Wayne started karting in September of 2001 and for the first year ran in the Cadet Class (Zip Kart). He finished in the top 10 of the Northern Irish Championship, winning the Best Cadet Newcomer Award. He also won various heats in the Scottish Championships and finished 5th in the Five Nations Championship at Nutts Corner.

From 2002 to 2005, Wayne ran the Mini Max Class, starting in 2003 with Birel Kart. A win at Kirkistown, along with various heat wins propelled him forward. 2004 in Maranello Kart, Wayne claimed a 1st in the Ulster Championships (Nutts Corner), 2nd in the Scottish Championships and 2nd in Northern Ireland Karting Association (NIKA), among others. In 2005 running an Intrepid Kart, Wayne’s winning highlights include a 1st in the Ulster Cup – winning both heats and final on many occasions, 2nd NIKA, 3rd British Open, and Ulster Grand Prix Winner.

2006 Wayne continued his winning ways in the JICA Class, 1st Ulster Championship, 2nd in the British Championships, 2nd Ulster Cup Championship and 2nd in the Ulster Grand Prix.

In 2007, Wayne moved up to Formula Ford 1600 with AMG Motorsports, winning the Northern Irish FF1600 Championship (Kirkistown & Knockhill). Novice of the Year honors would be a given. In route to the Championship, Wayne won the Irish and Northern Irish races on his first visit to the track. In the Sunday Golden Helmet Race at Knockhill, a brake problem resulted in a 12th place qualifying attempt. In the race he finished 2nd in the 15-lap final taking the track record by 1.4 seconds. Other track records included Mondello Park on his first visit and Brands Hatch, during the Brands Hatch Formula Ford Festival, also his first visit. But wait there’s more – Silverstone, during the Walter Hayes Trophy event where he set the lap record qualifying on the pole for his group, winning his heat, finishing 3d in the semi-final and despite dropping to 8th at one point in the race, brought up the podium, 3rd place finish. Count them – four officially broken track records.

2008, Wayne had a phenomenal year running with Jamun Racing in the British Formula Ford Championship, a series that has launched legendary racers like Aryton Senna and Jenson Button. The numbers speak for themselves; Out of 25 championship races, Wayne had 13 race wins, 15 pole positions, 20 podiums. He was named one of British Racing Drives Club (BRDC) Superstars.

In 2009, Wayne made the big step up to Formula 3, which in Wayne’s words, “had a huge learning curve as I had to learn about how to use the aerodynamics for the car efficiently with limited testing available. I was the only driver who hadn’t completed a full season with a winged car before. We had very little budget compared to the top teams who were using wind tunnels to develop their cars, which we just couldn’t afford to do.” Wayne still made the most of the opportunity and continually progressed as much as possible through the season. He found his way to victory circle at Donington Park, starting from outside the top ten on the grid, in the pouring rain, and simply passed his way to the win!

In racing, even if you’re fast, finding money is a part of the competition. 2010 would prove to be financially difficult and therefore limited Wayne’s seat time. He competed in two “one-off” F3 events with Sino Vision Racing; the Hockenheim British F3 Round, where he was the fastest man on his team and the F3 Masters event at Zandvoort, where in mixed weather conditions, Wayne went from 24th on the grid to 8th.

In 2011 Wayne found opportunity in the United States on Mazda’s Road to Indy, which begins with the US F2000 National Championships, continues with the Star Mazda Championship and then moves to Firestone Indy Lights. The ladder system is clear path in helping talented drivers find their way into the IZOD IndyCar Series and the greatest spectacle in racing, The Indianapolis 500.