Northern Ireland”s Wayne Boyd recently returned from racing in the United States to compete in last weekends season-closing Walter Hayes Trophy. Racing took part on Silverstone”s National Circuit with almost 100 entries, making the Walter Hayes the most important event on the Formula Ford 1600 calendar.
In a wheel-to-wheel battle producing one of the more memorable Walter Hayes Trophy Grand Finals, Boyd finished 2nd to Adrian Campfield with only .279 seconds between them. Boyd started the final from pole position and the two exchanged the lead several times during the 15-lap event, with Campfield holding the lead for several laps. Boyd regained the lead on Lap 7 increasing his lead by as much as half a second. Campfield was slightly quicker than Boyd, forcing him to defend his position with each and every lap.
On Lap 13 Campfield again got by Boyd and with two laps remaining, Boyd was closing in when the checkered flag fell on Lap 15. Boyd posted the fastest race lap of the event in the heat of the chase on Lap 14 with a lap time of 1.02.392. It was a climactic finish for an amazing weekend of racing. Boyd stated, Starting from the pole in the final I got the lead straight-away and even pulled away a little, but was struggling with the car coming off the corners and Campfield just had a bit more pace than me. So I was pulling these crazy moves to keep him behind me. He got me once, I got him back, but ultimately it was going to be tough to stay in front of him. It was all I could do, driving the wheels off of it.
Boyd reiterated, I cannot say thank you enough to Medina Motorsports for giving me this opportunity and for the brilliant job they did after the semi-finals in repairing the car and getting it as ready as possible for the finals. Big thanks to my friends, whose support helped make this race a reality.
I really wanted the win for them, but a 2nd in the Walter Hayes Trophy is still an accomplishment and I m proud of our effort here this weekend. Boyd is currently working on plans for the 2012 season and hopes to continue his pursuit of a career in IndyCar on the Mazda Road to Indy Ladder series in the United States.