Reigning 2008 British Formula Ford Champion Wayne Boyd will compete in the top class of the British Formula 3 International Championship in 2009 with VW powered team T-Sport, backed by DHL.
Wayne evaluated a number of F3 teams during testing in the run up to the Christmas break before deciding to sign for the Brackley based squad. T-Sport’s VW engine deal and a team culture of nurturing and developing drivers, combined with sound engineering, a stable structure and a will to win swung the decision.
"All the winter testing in F3 has been absolutely brilliant,” said Wayne. “I've been flattered by the number of people who have been interested in me driving for their team and I thank them all. Everyone we drove with was fabulous but Russell [T-Sport team boss] and Skelly’s [T-Sport chief engineer] enthusiasm and eagerness to help me learn really shone through. The overall package they were offering and their new deal with VW won the day for me. They are racers and absolutely focused on winning, which suits me fine! I've got so much to learn in 2009 and I look forward to the future with excitement. I can't wait to get back on the track and try the new VW engine.”
VW Motorsport boss Kris Nissen said, “We are delighted to have Wayne Boyd in the Volkswagen line-up for the British Formula 3 Championship. With good races in 2008 and positive winter testing Wayne justified the cockpit in the T-Sport team. We are sure the Volkswagen Formula 3 engine can give a strong boost to this young talent."
2009 also sees the continuation of the long-term relationship with DHL. DHL’s Tim Dubois, who has known him since his early karting days in Northern Ireland said, "We are excited to continue our successful partnership with Wayne into 2009 and the world famous British Formula 3 Championship. We have been long time supporters of his career, he is a star and we look forward to working alongside him into the future as he climbs the motor sport ladder."
Wayne’s manager, Chas Cole, is excited about the coming season and believes T-Sport to be a good place for Wayne to grow. “T-Sport provides a combination of environment and competitive values where Wayne can learn and develop properly during his first year in slicks and wings. VW’s enthusiasm for Wayne has been really positive and together with T-Sport I’m confident that Wayne can hit the ground running,” said Cole.
T-Sport team boss Russell Eacott is excited to have the teenager in the team and said, “I’m just really happy that Wayne is with us. We’ve tested him and know his capabilities and his potential. Alan ‘Skelly’ Woodhead, the team’s chief engineer, is also really looking forward to working with Wayne as are the rest of the guys.”