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Stars of the ELMS – Part 2

ELMS - 15/05/2020 - Jeff CARTER

The European Le Mans Series grid is full of talented drivers in all three classes. Several have achieved a lot in the racing careers, either in the ELMS or in other championships.

Here is a quick look at another three driver profiles from some of the many stars of the European Le Mans Series.

 

LMP2: Memo Rojas – DragonSpeed

2017 and 2019 European Le Mans Series Champion Guillermo ‘Memo’ Rojas Jr is no stranger to success.  Prior to coming to race in the ELMS Memo Rojas had won four Grand American Rolex Series (2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012) and is one of a handful of drivers who has won the two American classics, the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring. 

The level of his success was recognised by Disney Pixar when Memo Rojas was asked to voice a character in the Mexican / Spanish version of the animated film ‘Cars 2’.

Born in Mexico City in August 1981 he is the son of Mexican racing driver Guillermo Rojas Sr.  Memo began his racing career in 1993, winning the FIA Mexico National Karting Championship in 1995.

In 1996 he switched to cars, racing in the Mexican Formula Two series before heading to the USA to compete in several single seater championship, claiming the Vice Champions spot in the 2003 Barber Dodge Pro Series.

In 2007 Rojas switched to sportscars, racing in the Grand American Racing Rolex Sports Car Series.  The following year he won his first 24 Hours of Daytona alongside Scott Pruett, Juan Pablo Montoya and Dario Franchitti, with Rojas and Pruett taking six wins during the season to take the 2008 title.  Rojas and Pruett repeated their championship win in 2010, with a record breaking nine wins from twelve races.  In 2014 Memo Rojas won the 12 Hours of Sebring, the first Mexican driver to win the prestigious event.

In 2016 Memo Rojas joined the ELMS with Greaves Motorsport, finishing 10th in his first season.  In 2017 he switched to G-Drive Racing, run by the American DragonSpeed team, and took five podiums from the six races, including the win at Monza, to secure the title alongside Leo Roussel.  In 2018 he switched to the newly formed IDEC Sport team, finishing 4th overall that year and in 2019, alongside Paul Loup Chatin and Paul Lafargue, secured his second ELMS title with four podiums, including wins at Silverstone and Portimão.

In 2020 Memo Rojas will race in the n21 DragonSpeed Oreca 07-Gibson.

 

LMP3: Wayne Boyd – United Autosports

Wayne Boyd is a former British Formula Ford Champion and two time Formula Ford Festival winner.

Born on the 25 October 1990 in Belfast, Wayne Boyd grew up in County Antrim in Northern Ireland.  He started karting in 2001, winning the Ulster Championship at Nutts Corner in 2004 and won the Ulster Cup in 2005 and moved up to Intrepid Karts in 2006, winning the Ulster Championship again.

In 2007 Wayne Boyd switched to Formula Ford, winning the Northern Irish FF1600 Championship and was named Novice of the Year.  The following year he won the British Formula Ford Championship with Jamun Racing, winning 13 out of the 25 races and was on the podium 20 times.

In 2009 a move to British Formula Three with T-Sport saw the young Ulsterman win at Donington Park from outside the Top 10 in the rain on slick tyres.

In 2011 Boyd moved to America to race in the US F2000 National Championship, finishing third in the championship with two victories, including one on the oval at Milwaukee Mile.

In 2014, Boyd won the Walter Hayes Trophy and the Formula Ford Festival again in 2015.

In 2016 Wayne Boyd joined the European Le Mans Series with United Autosports, taking three LMP3 podium finishes and a pole position in his debut season.  His first class win came in 2017 in the season finale at Portimão alongside teammates Mark Patterson and Christian England.  The trio finished third in the championship behind their teammates John Falb and Sean Rayhall.

In 2018 Boyd raced in LMP2 with United Autosports, taking one podium in Portimão in an otherwise disappointing season.

2019 saw a switch back to LMP3 with the team, competing in both the ELMS and Michelin Le Mans Cup.  Boyd scored one podium finish in the L+MLMC and three podiums in ELMS.  He also raced in the Asian Le Mans Series with United Autosports, finishing the season as LMP3 Vice Champion with one win, three further podiums, two pole positions and a fastest lap from the four races.

In 2020 returns to race with United Autosports in the no2 Ligier JS P3-Nissan.

 

LMGTE: Nicklas Nielsen – Luzich Racing

Nicklas Nielsen is one of the rising stars of Endurance and was designated 2019 ELMS “Rookie of the Year” after securing the LMGTE title with Luzich Racing alongside Alessandro Pier Guidi and Fabien Lavergne in his debut season.

Born in Denmark’s’ second largest city Aarhus on 6 February 1997, Nicklas Nielsen has quite a few championship titles to his name, including no less than ten karting titles from 2010 to 2018, including the CIK FIA Asia Pacific KF2 Championship in 2012 and the 2018 WSK Champions Cup.

In 2016, he started car racing as an official Audi Sport Racing Academy driver as well as racing in the ADAC Formula 4, where he was crowned “Rookie champion”. In 2017, he kept racing in F4, Karting and also in GT participating in the Ferrari Challenge. 2018 was a busy season for Nicklas, racing in the Ferrari Challenge, GT Open and Karting, winning numerous races that year and claiming the Ferrari Challenge Europe – Trofeo Pirelli and Ferrari Challenge World Final crowns.

In 2019 the 22-year-old Dane made his ELMS debut, racing the no51 Luzich Racing Ferrari 488 GTE alongside 2017 FIA World Endurance GT Champion Alessandro Pier Guidi and fast French driver Fabien Lavergne.  The team secured victory on their debut at Le Castellet and followed it up with three further wins in Spain, Belgium and Portugal to clinch the LMGTE ELMS Championship title at their first attempt.

In 2019, the Danish driver also made his debut in the FIA World Endurance Championship, racing in the n°83 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE EVO alongside François Perrodo and Emmanuel Collard.

Actualités liées

> Top teams from around the world to be on the grid for 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual Le 23/05/2020 à 15:00

> Stars of the ELMS – Part 3 Le 22/05/2020 à 12:00

> The ELMS liveries: new 2020 collection! Le 18/05/2020 à 10:47

> A World Premiere: 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual on 13/14th June Le 15/05/2020 à 17:00

> Checking in with Memo Rojas Le 04/05/2020 à 18:00

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