Wayne Boyd wins again

2008 British Formula Ford Champion and 2008 Formula Ford Festival winner Wayne Boyd celebrated  an  amazing  start  to  the  year  having  collected  two  major  sports  awards  in Northern  Ireland,  the  prestigious  Belfast  Telegraph  Young  Player  of  the  Year  and  the Association of Northern Ireland Car Clubs ANICC Driver of the Year.

In recognition of his dominant performances in British motor sport where he won15 races, started from pole 15 times, set 14 fastest laps and stood on the podium 21 times out of 25 starts,  Wayne  began  the  week  by  collecting  the  Belfast  Telegraph  Young  Player  of  the Year on Monday night (19th January 2009). Winners of the award are chosen from across all  sport  in  Northern  Ireland  in  recognition  of  outstanding  success  during  the  year.  This year Wayne beat off competition from several outstanding athletes including: David Ames (hockey),  Paul  Stirling  (cricket)  and  Chelsey  Wilson  (swimming).  Previous  winners  have gone onto become household names in Northern Ireland, such as golfer Rory McIlroy, bike racer  Jonathan  Rea  and  snooker  player  Mark  Allen. 

 The  award  was  presented  at  the annual star-studded Northern Ireland Sports Awards in Belfast. Less   than  a   week   later   and  Wayne   was   being   honoured   again.  This   time  by   the Association of Northern Ireland Car Clubs, on Saturday night (24th January 2009) where he  was  selected  as  the  ANICC  Driver  of  the  Year,  the  premier  motor  sport  award  in Northern Ireland. It is rare for this award to be won by a circuit racing driver, especially one so young, and is more usually the reserve of the rallying fraternity.

Being selected is an indication of just how highly thought of Wayne is by the motor sport community at home in Northern  Ireland.  Previous  racing  driver  winners  include  Eddie  Irvine,  Adam  Carroll  and Tim Mullen.

Wayne Boyd said, It's just amazing to win, I was excited to be invited but I never expected to  win  anything. When  I  heard  my  name  being  called  it  was  such  a  surprise.  I'm  blown away  by  it!  It's  a  big  honour  that  we  have  been  recognised  in  this  way,  especially  from outside of motor racing. Thanks to my Dad, my sponsors and all the guys at Jamun Racing, it's their award as much as mine. I can't wait now to get back in a race car very soon. Roll on the 2009 F3 race season".