ITCC driver Nicole Drought has been busy recently. After a recent callup from the Sean Edwards Foundation, she found herself on a professional simulator in Amsterdam, spent a day with the To Limit Motorsport Team at their German HQ, conducted physical and psychological evaluations before taking to the wheel of a 470bhp Porsche 911 GT3 Supercup car for two days testing in the famous Paul Ricard Circuit in Le Castellet in the south of France.
Nicole described it as “An amazing experience. It was great to see professional teams in action, to get a taste of how important the data is and of course, both the car and the circuit were amazing. I loved driving the Porsche. Obviously it was far quicker than anything I had previously driven, but the simulator experience definitely helped and we made great progress over the two days.”
This weekend though, it is back to reality for the 21 year old UL student, as she returns to Mondello Park at the wheel of her Honda Integra to compete in the ITCC series. Nicole made her motor racing debut in this class last year and scored 5 podiums, leading to her to a nomination for the Motorsport Ireland Young Driver of the Year, the first female nominee in the history of the award.
Having tested well recently, eclipsing her best time from last year, and now running with FWD experts BT Racing, Nicole just might be one to watch this weekend when the touring cars take to the track at Mondello Park on Sunday!
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