Wayne Boyd gets United call-up for Prototype Cup curtain raiser


United Autosports has confirmed a change in its Prototype Cup driver lineup, with Wayne Boyd stepping up to compete in the series’ inaugural event on October 8-9.

The 25 year old will replace Italy’s Matteo Bobbi, who is unable to race because of commentary commitments for the Formula One Japanese Grand Prix.

Boyd, who is currently fifth in the European Le Mans Series LMP3 standings, will share the United-run Ligier JSP3 with Jay Palmer.

United Autosports recently held a two-day closed test ahead of the Prototype Cup weekend, with Boyd joining Palmer on October 3-4. The Anglo-American team’s other entry, featuring Charlie Hollings and Jacques Duyver, also took part.

“I’m delighted to be able to race in the first Prototype Cup event,” said Boyd. “Any opportunity to drive with United Autosports in a Ligier JS P3, you have to jump at.”

“I’m also very much looking forward to working with Jay. He has great experience in endurance racing and showed very good pace at the previous Snetterton tests so we have to feel confident. This will be my first time racing on the new layout. Last time I raced at Snetterton was in British F3 in 2009 so things have changed a little.”

Boyd made his sportscar racing debut at the start of 2016, following a successful run in single seaters. In 2011 he finished second in the North American USF2000 Championship, before winning the Formula Ford Walter Hayes Trophy in 2014.

It’s a shame that Matteo is no longer able to join us for the British Prototype Cup next week, but I’m glad that Wayne had stepped in to join Jay,” said Richard Dean, team owner and managing director of United Autosports. “We have some great line ups for the race and it’s shaping up to be a good event.”

The Prototype Cup is a new national series run by GT Cup promoter Bute Motorsport. Its aim is to provide a cost-effective and competitive entry point for those hoping to forge a path in endurance racing.

The inaugural round of the Prototype Cup will take place on October 8-9, with qualifying on Saturday followed by a 60 minute race on Sunday.