The 42nd Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch was a hard battle with both large entry and tricky conditions. To say that Boyd went from 4th to finish 2nd in no way captures the intensity of the race and the show put on by Boyd, a former Festival winner (2008).
Always quick and considered a contender, Boyd running for Medina Sport started 4th out of the 28 car field for the 20 lap final race. By Lap 2 he was P3 and using every conceivable inch of the race track. He would soon pass for 2nd when a yellow brought out the safety car and tighten the pack up. The tightened pack would keep the top four nose-to-tail for the next handful of laps. Boyd was the quickest in the bunch posting the fastest lap of the race at 50.5 (besting the field by 2 tenths), but then on Lap 12 with a local yellow, Niall Murray made a questionable pass to take third. With half the race in the books it was Murray and Boyd gaining on the front runners to take the top two spots. Boyd again seemed the fastest car on track. As Boyd went for the pass on the outside, Murray closed him off sending Boyd through the Paddock Hill gravel trap and down to third. Although he was able to reclaim second in a show-stopping drive, he ran out of time to mount a further assault on Murray’s lead. Boyd would finish 2nd and win the John Nicol Trophy as the most outstanding British driver.
For the first time, the Festival had live coverage, with Mondello TV providing coverage of the Festival Final. Catch up with the action at www.mondello.tv