Boyd wins the Walter Hayes Trophy

Wayne Boyd won the Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone in story book fashion, making a pass on the outside of the last corner to grab the lead and take the checkered flag.  The last of many moves over the race weekend that proved yet again, that he is one of the best Formula Ford racers in Britain.

The former British champion from Templepatrick, who just turned 24, has been away from racing for the past year, only returning for the two big season-ending meetings at Brands Hatch and Silverstone.

Boyd, competing again with his long time team Medina Motorsports, was clearly a front man in the early stages of the Brands Hatch Festival when a broken suspension forced an early retirement.  Having won the Festival previously, the focus quickly shifted to the Walter Hayes Trophy which has eluded him for the past five years.

Boyd won his heat race comfortably on Saturday and then led the way in the first of the semi-finals on Sunday only to spin out at Copse corner coming to a complete stall in the gravel pits.  Once he re-fired the engine, he would re-enter the race in 33rd.

Undeterred, Boyd battled back to seventh posting the quickest time for the session and claiming a spot in the final.  It meant starting from 14th place on the grid but again he worked his way to the front, grabbing the lead on lap 12 of 15. Rob Hall snatched it back only for Boyd to come again and re-take the lead on the last corner of the final lap to finish three tenths of a second ahead of the Mygale driver.  Winning a race and putting on a spectacular show for the fans has become a part of the Boyd Formula Ford legacy.

Boyd commented, “I’m absolutely delighted to win the WHT, especially after sitting in the gravel trap dead last on lap one of my semi final.  Myself and Medina Sport have always wanted this win and have always had the pace just sometimes not the luck. Coming from row 7 to win makes it even better! Huge thanks to Medina Sport, DHL, my dad and all my supporters. Fingers crossed someone will take note of what we achieved and I might be on a grid somewhere in 2015″.

 

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