Latest Laois Sport: Nicole Drought creates history in UK
Nicole Drought first woman to a UK EnduroKA Race
Tipperary’s Nicole Drought became the first woman to win a UK EnduroKA race at Oulton Park last weekend, courtesy of an inspired 2 hour final stint for the Pro-AM Racing team, once she took over from team mates Jason Roberts and Will Hillyard.
Charging up from tenth in treacherous conditions, Nicole tracked down leader Teddy Wilson before snatching the lead with a brave run down the outside into Cascades corner. F4 racer Wilson fought back but was unable to breach Drought’s defence and the pair crossed the line just a few tenths apart after five hours of racing.
Nicole Drought: It’s great to be on the top step once again in 2023 but that was a tough race. I never stopped pushing and once I took the lead I just went defensive. As ever, the car and the Pro-Am Racing team’s strategy were second to none. I have to thank them for giving me the tools to do the job. Also thanks to all my supporters and commercial partners, I couldn’t do this wothout them.”
Scott Thompson, Pro-AM Racing : “Another wet weather masterclass from Nicole during her final 2hr 10min stint in horrendous conditions that saw 12 safety car periods and multiple car rolls.. The last 15mins of the race were phenomenal (a must watch on the YouTube stream). A brave pass for the lead, then text book defending, making no mistakes all the way to the line to take our 2nd win of the year.”
Nicole also leads the 2023 Open Clubman Irish Rallycross Championship, which returns to Mondello Park on 18/19 November. She returns to the UK to race at Brands Hatch later this month, driving the EnduroKA and a modified Honda Civic on the same weekend.
Nicole is backed by Gem Oils, ITM Digital, Siltex Safety and Joe Mallon Motor Group.