Last weekend (3rd of June) while the bulk of the United Autosports organisation was away in France attending the mandatory pre-24hr Le Mans test day, one of United Autosports young stars, Northern Ireland’s Wayne Boyd was back in Ulster visiting Cultra Hillclimb.
The Thoroughbred Sports Car Club organized event is often referred to as “Ulster’s Motoring Garden Party” and the short 700yd course is uniquely situated within the parkland grounds of the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum. This year’s event celebrated the 60th anniversary of Crosslé Car Company and 50 years of Formula Ford, with the overall event theme of “Fast and Furious Ford.”
Wayne kindly accepted an invitation to the demonstrate a Crossle 47S, which had been kindly loaned by Paul Conn, a regular historic competitor himself. The same car was also demonstrated by Dungannon’s WRC contender Kris Meeke when he visited the event in 2010.
In between taking his two Demonstration Runs up the hill, Wayne put his media training to good use and was interviewed by both the events commentator and Radio Ulster, who were broadcasting live from the event.
Wayne currently races in European Le Mans Series where he drives a Nissan powered Ligier JS P3 sportcar. Encouragingly Boyd finished on the podium at the first round which was held at Silverstone back in April. Wayne’s next racing commitment is at the Red Bull Ring in July but in the mean time he will join the team at June’s 24hrs Le Mans to gain valuable behind the scenes experience.
TSCC Hon.President and Cultra Event Co-ordinator, William Heaney, commented : “Given Wayne’s Formula Ford history it was really special, and a pleasure, to have him here helping us celebrate the 50th anniversary of the category and we appreciate him taking time out from his busy schedule. As expected he would have loved to have had “another couple of goes in the 47S”, but the Cultra Event schedule is very tight now. He has joined a lengthening list of motorsport champions attending Cultra since 2010 and, like those before him, thoroughly enjoyed an international quality event run in a relaxed club atmosphere. All at Cultra and TSCC wish him success in the future”.
Header Image from Tom Maxwell/Raceline Photography