Wayne Boyd is confident of putting his disappointing start to the Michelin Le Mans Cup behind him at the Road to Le Mans double-header in France.

Boyd and his new team-mate Tony Wells are provisionally ninth in the points standings following visits to Circuit de Catalunya in April and Circuit Paul Ricard in early May.

Despite Boyd not having a great record at this week’s venue, Wells has impressive form. He scored an overall LMP3 win in 2021 and earned top-three finishes in 2019 and 2022.

Nielsen Racing — the British team that runs their Nissan-powered Ligier JS P320 — also enjoy a 50 per cent win rate at Circuit de la Sarthe.

The two 55-minute races take place on Thursday at 5.30pm UK time and 9.35am on Saturday, with free practice sessions today and with qualifying one and two scheduled for a start time of 9.30am and 10.00am on Thursday.

“Things in the team are good. I am confident we will hit the ground running during the first free practice session on Wednesday morning and keep building towards the qualifying,” said Boyd.

“So far, it has not been how we hoped it would be.

“We had zero pre-season testing through no fault of anyone — but it has most definitely put us on the back foot.

“However, our recovery drives in the races we have started so far have been mega, so there’s plenty of positives to take from it.

“I always look forward to driving at Le Mans. It is obviously a very iconic track — by far the longest on the calendar — it always makes for an interesting race,” added the former LMP3 champion.

“Tony and I have experience of the circuit, so the aim is to win and get our Championship back on track.”

For the second year in a row, the Road to Le Mans has attracted a maximum grid of 58 cars, with 40 LMP3s and 18 GT3s taking to the full 8.5-mile circuit south west of the capital city Paris.

A total of 116 drivers and 35 teams, representing 23 different nations from all corners of the world, will compete in the ninth edition of the Road to Le Mans which first began back in 2016.

Also in action at Circuit de la Sarthe this week, albeit at the 92nd instalment of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, is Belfast’s Charlie Eastwood. He is representing Corvette Racing in the LMGT3 class.