Nicole had a busy time of it last weekend. She travelled to Anglesey in Wales to compete in the famous Race of Rembrance- an Endurance race for a variety of cars with multiple drivers.
Rejoining the WRC Developments team, Nicole qualified fourth in class but once the seven hour race got going, she battled her way into the lead. Setting three fastest laps during her two hour stint, Nicole then pitted with a five secnd gap to hand over to her team mates for the remainder fo the race. She then headed to Holyhead to catch the ferry back to Ireland and get a few hours sleep before going to Mondello Park for the sixth round of the Irish Rallycross Championshop. Before the racing started she received news that her team had held the lead until the end of the Saturday race and that her fastest lap had not been beaten. Despite missing the first round of the Rallycross series, Nicole was up to second in the title chase and looking for her first win. She won two of the three heats, meaning she started the all important final from pole posiition in her Clio 172. After a great scrap, she crossed the line a close second- ensurig that the championship battle goes down the wire to the final round on December 11th
Nicole: “What a weekend. I’d so much fun with the WRC guys at Anglesey. As ever, the car was spot on and I was delighted to go so well in it. POB Racing in Kildare did some work on the Clio before the Rallycross and the car was absolutely flying- I really enjoyed driving it. Big thanks, as ever, to all of my sponsors, who make all this excitement possible,”
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