Motorsport can sometimes be about big personalities and even bigger egos. Luckily, somebody forgot to tell Sebastian Boyd this. With a refreshing humility and his hallmark quiet confidence, the Capetonian teenager put on quite a show this weekend in Round 7 of the WPMC Rotax DD2 Regional Championship at Killarney Raceway.
After a rather forgettable Friday afternoon with average pace, the last-minute setup changes on Saturday paid off handsomely for the #69 Boyd Boss Freight Kosmic machine and its jockey. In a moment that he won’t forget, Seb secured his first ever P1 in DD2 qualifying. That’s a proper achievement in a class overflowing with quality drivers and essentially professional teams.
As 13 DD2s filled the air around Killarney with the sweet sound of 2-stroke power, Boyd lost out to rivals Dino Stermin and Jonathan Thomas in the first few corners. He successfully got past Thomas for P2, but did not have the pace to stay with his cousin Stermin out in front. As track temperatures picked up significantly vs. qualifying, Boyd’s setup didn’t work out quite the way he had hoped. He had to settle P2 for Race 1
“We struggled a bit with the front end but managed P2,” commented Boyd.
Starting race 2 from the second row, Boyd initially dropped to P4, but clawed his way back to P2 by the end of lap 1. Boyd then made himself comfortable on Stermin’s bumper for the rest of the race, but Stermin simply didn’t make an error. There was practically nothing to separate them on lap times. It was another P2 for Boyd, but he only finished half a second behind Stermin.
Race 3 was another strong signal from Boyd that he will be a Championship contender in 2020. With setup tweaks paying off, Boyd attached himself to Stermin for the duration of the race. En route to setting the fastest lap of the race, Boyd made one final lunge at Stermin for the win. He was unsuccessful…this time.
His third P2 for the day naturally secured him the second step on the podium at prize giving.
“We made some changes for Race 3 which helped a lot. We had good pace and were all over Dino. After he made a mistake in Golf Club, I went for it but it didn’t work out. Overall, we were strong and have improved a lot since the last race,” noted a chuffed Boyd after a successful day in the racing office.
Seb has two races left this year, both of which are important. His immediate priority is the fourth and final round of the South African Rotax Karting Championship this weekend at Zwartkops Raceway near Pretoria. He then returns to Cape Town to do battle one last time in 2019 at round eight of the WPMC Regional Championship.