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Roscrea racer tops times at Donington Park
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Roscrea racer tops times at Donington Park

Nicole Drought tops the times at Donington after Double Rallycross Glory

Nicole Drought started her IRX Open Clubman Championship title defence in the best possible manner, with a double win at rounds one and two of the 2024 series at Mondello Park at the weekend. Her Joe Mallon Motors Renault Clio took a dominant win on the opening round on Saturday and was even more impressive on Sunday, winning all three heats and the final to leave the Kildare venue with a healthy lead in the Championship.

Nicole at Donington Park in the EBC Brakes Honda Civic. Credit- Mark Lees

There was no time for celebrations though, as Nicole was on a red eye flight to Donington Park on Monday morning to test the EBC Brakes backed Honda Civic which she will race in the MSVR Trackday Trophy and Trackday Championship series. This was also her first time to meet the Motion Motorsport team, who will run the car at all races in 2024. 

Nicole with her trophies last weekend, having just won Rounds 1&2 of the 2024 Open Clubman Irish Rallycross Championship


Nicole Drought “We are concentrating on the UK programme this year and the decision to enter the IRX last weekend was a late one. POB Racing did a superb job preparing the car and as ever, it handled really well. To come away with two wins was a great start to my 2024 season, so we will definitely do the other rounds now. Happily, none of them clash with my UK MSVR dates! Monday was great- I like Donington Park and the guys from Motion Motorsport are really good. We tested lots of different setups and we were right on the pace by the end of the day. We have a few more test days before the season starts and I think we can probably find more pace too.”