Nicole Drought Stars at Mondello Historic Festival.

16 Aug Nicole Drought Stars at Mondello Historic Festival.

Nicole Drought  starred at the hugely successful Historic Festival at Mondello Park last weekend. With plenty of family attractions including live music, a Vintage Funfair and a Street Food area, the event had strong promotion in the weeks leading up to the event, including Nicole’s appearance on Ireland AM the previous Monday, and as a result it attracted one of the largest crowds seen at a race meeting in Mondello for many many years.
Nicole raced in the Pre’55 Class at the wheel of Mick O’Shea’s MGA and despite a few mechanical issues, managed to take third in race one and second in race two. 
As well as this, Nicole was invited to demonstrate one of the cars from the priceless Martin Birrane Collection, a 500bhp Lola T70. The rumbling V8 Chevrolet engine thrilled the crowds as Nicole blasted down the main straight. The Tipperary lady drove the car on four occasions over the weekend, accompanied on track by former F1 driver David Kennedy, in the Ford C100 and Ian Beatty in the BMW M1 Procar. 
 
Nicole Drought: “How lucky am I? I had a wonderful weekend. I have to thank Mick O’Shea for allowing me to drive his beautiful MG, I really enjoyed it and to take home two trophies was an unexpected bonus. As for the Lola, it was an absolute honour to be allowed to drive it. I had expected it to be a handful but actually, it was lovely to drive- and what a noise! The crowds made the event though and it was great to meet so many kids who loved the cars too!”

Nicole returns to the UK racetracks this coming weekend, when she will race a 280bhp MINI Cooper S at Brands Hatch.

 
Nicole hides from the sun as she prepares to demonstrate the Lola T70 at the Mondello Historic Festival
image from Marc Quinlivan

 

Nicole hides from the sun as she prepares to demonstrate the Lola T70 at the Mondello Historic Festival
image from Marc Quinlivan

 

About Nicole Drought

Nicole Drought, from Roscrea in Tipperary, is Ireland’s top female racing driver. In 2016, she became the first woman to take a win in the Irish Touring Car Championship. She has subsequently raced in Global GT Lights, Stryker Sportscars and the Britcar Endurance Championship.  Nicole is the only Irish Ambassador for the International Sean Edwards Foundation, with whom she tested a Porsche Supercup in Le Castellet in 2016. She is also the reigning Class 1A Endurance Trial Champion, having taken the title in 2018 and successfully defended it in 2019, with six wins from six starts. In May 2019, Nicole became the first woman to win in the UK C1 Endurance series, when she partnered Colin Lewis to victory in a 4 hour race at Anglesey in Wales. In 2020, she became a three time class winner in the Britcar Endurance Series, and scored another win on her return to the series in July 2021, when she took the flag at the Silverstone Grand Prix track for the Motus One team.
In August 2019, Nicole drove a Formula 1 car at the Mondello Park Historic Festival, demonstrating John Campion’s ex Derek Daly March 811 for CJJ Motorsports (above) and in February 2020 she travelled to Palm Beach in Florida to drive the team’s Jordan 192 F1 car. in November 2021, Nicole made her rally debut. taking a class win in the Killarney Historic Rally in a Mini Cooper S.

Nicole is also an Ambassador for Formula Female, the initiative set up by Irish Hockey Star Nicci Daly to attract more females into Motorsport, Joe Mallon Motors, Motorsport Ireland, WISP, and Siltex Safety Solutions..
Image from Michael Chester