Wayne Boyd wins Formula Ford

 Wayne  Boyd  has  won  the  2008  British  Formula  Ford  Championship  at Donington Park this weekend with 634 points, 50 points ahead of runner up and Jamun racing team-mate Tim Blanchard. Ulsterman  Wayne  has  dominated  the  competitive  BFFC  field  this  year  with  the  Jamun  Racing  team, achieving 14 victories and 20 pole positions.

He headed to the season finale with a 36-point margin and in a thrilling  showdown Wayne,  who  celebrates  his  18th  birthday  this  month,  took  the  Championship  challenge down to the wire with his 21-year-old Australian title rival and team-mate, Tim Blanchard. On Saturday Wayne looked calm and confident, taking pole position for the first race with a lap time of 1m 10.367s in Qualifying to sit in front of Getem’s Chris Maliepaard and Matt Hamilton of JTR on the grid in the afternoon.

After a good start from the green lights for round 23, Wayne fought an exciting, but sensible race in tricky wet track conditions. With his title rival Blanchard out of the hunt in the early stages of the race, Wayne took the level headed decision to finish with a points haul rather than risk it all when  he came under pressure from both Victor Correa and the Fluid Motorsport of David Brown at the end of the penultimate lap. The third place podium finish left Wayne needing only one point from the remaining two races to secure the BFCC title.

After a commanding start to Sunday’s proceedings, Wayne was awarded the title crown in round 24 of the Championship.  From  pole  position  he  once  again  drove  a  measured  race  to  ensure  that  he  would  come home  in  the  points.  Wayne  crossed  the  finish  line  in  second  place  ahead  of  Tim  Blanchard. 

The  podium finish  meant  that  Wayne’s  claim  to  the  title  was  secure  and  he  was  named  2008  British  Formula  Ford Champion. The third race this afternoon was a Formula Ford classic. With plenty of overtaking and position manoeuvres, Wayne fought through from fourth place to second and broke the lap record with a fastest time of 1m 10.8s.

Wayne Boyd, 2008 British Formula Ford Champion “

Qualifying went very well and we did exactly what we set out to achieve with two poles. In the first race I led the whole way until the last lap, but I was not prepared to take as many risks in the damp conditions as the other drivers were because Tim (Blanchard) had retired and I took the decision not to battle for the win, which isn’t like me, but I had to think about the bigger picture and the Championship win. The second race was really exciting, but I wasn’t prepared to push as hard as the other drivers were. I was determined to come home in the points and win the title so that it was not all down to the very last race.

 “Winning the Formula Ford Championship means everything to me, three podiums and the lap record in the last round at Donington is brilliant. We have been dominant all year and to wrap up the championship like this is amazing. I would like to thank the Jamun Racing team for all their hard work and everybody who has supported  me.  Sadly  I  won’t  be  able  to  party  with  the  team  tonight  as  I  have  a  test  tomorrow,  but  roll  on 2009!”

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