United Autosports has finalized its 24 Hours of Le Mans LMP2 driving squad with the confirmation that Wayne Boyd will join Paul di Resta and Alex Lynn in the No. 23 entry.
Boyd, who is the reigning European and Asian Le Mans Series LMP3 champion, will make his Le Mans debut in next month’s race driving one of three United-run Oreca 07 Gibsons.
The Northern Irishman recently made his first FIA World Endurance Championship appearance at the 8 Hours of Portimao, where he arrived a late stand-in for Fabio Scherer after the Swiss tested positive for COVID-19.
Boyd currently drives a United Autosports Oreca 07 in the IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup.
At Le Mans, he will team up with two reigning class winners in di Resta, who won in LMP2 with United last year, and Lynn who is returning to the prototype ranks after claiming victory in the 2020 GTE-Pro category with Aston Martin Racing.
“I am so unbelievably excited to be making my Le Mans debut this year and with such a mega lineup with Paul Di Resta and Alex Lynn,” said Boyd.
“Massive thanks to Zak [Brown], Richard [Dean] and United for giving me such an opportunity.
“Le Mans is one of my favorite circuits and luckily, I’ve had a decent amount of mileage around the track with doing the Le Mans Cup the last two years.
“We were on pole last year in LMP3 by eight tenths so I’m confident I’ll be up to speed quickly. I’d also like to thank John Schauerman for his understanding as I will not be able to drive with him in the Road to Le Mans event that weekend.
“I know he’ll be in safe hands with my replacement. It’s a great opportunity for me to be racing with the 2020 Le Mans winners. The team had such a great season last year and I’m hoping to be able to contribute to that this year.”
Boyd has been a mainstay of United Autosports’ LMP racing structure since the Anglo-American team switched to prototypes in 2016.
Team co-owner Richard Dean explained that the 30-year-old’s commitment to United made it an “easy decision” to include him in this year’s Le Mans lineup.
“Wayne truly deserves the opportunity to make his Le Mans 24 Hours debut this year,” said Dean.
“He is a real talent and has been one of United’s most successful and adaptable drivers since we started in sports cars.
“The fact Wayne has also remained loyal to the team for so long now meant this was an easy decision in the end. I know the whole team is delighted to see Wayne get this chance and we have every faith in him to deliver on the biggest stage.”
United Autosports’ No. 22 Oreca will be driven by the team’s WEC crew of Filipe Albuquerque, Phil Hanson and Fabio Scherer.
Its No. 32 entry involves Nico Jamin, Jonathan Aberdein and Manuel Maldonado.