02 Nov Nicole Drought to test GT3 McLaren at Silverstone
Four time Britcar class winner Nicole Drought is set to test a GT3 McLaren at Silverstone this week. The Tipperary native, who won her class on the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit in June in the Motus One Hyundai i30 TCR, will take the wheel of the 2021 Britcar Championship winning McLaren, which is also run by her Motus One team at the world famous circuit, on Thursday.
The McLaren is powered by a 3.8 turbocharged V8 engine, producing 600bhp, can accelerate from 0-60 in under 3 seconds and has a top speed in excess of 200 mph.
Motus One boss Will Powell, who won the championship overall in the car this year, had offered Nicole a test in the car, if she won in the team’s Hyundai TCR this year. When she crossed the line at Silverstone in June to win the class, the team boss was as good as his word and has organised this test for Nicole.
Nicole Drought: “I honestly can’t wait. I’ve been lucky to drive many different cars but I have always dreamt of trying a GT3 car. A massive thanks to Will and the Motus One team for this opportunity”
Nicole is back in Ireland immediately after the test, to compete in Mondello Park’s annual Fiesta 6 Hour Endurance Race, which takes place on Sunday November 7th.
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.
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 the Siltex Safety Solutions..
Image from Michael Chester