Ireland’s top female racing driver Nicole Drought will drive a Formula One car this weekend at Mondello Park. The The Tipperary racer gets this incredible chance due tro the generosity of US based Irish expat John Campion. Campion added the iconic Guinness liveried March 811 to his impressive CJJ Motorsport collection last year and has flown the car back to Ireland for the Mondello Historic Festival this weekend. The car will also be joined at Mondello Park by Derek Daly, who drove the car in the 1981 Formula One World Championship. The car will also be driven at Mondello Park by F3 drivers James Roe Jnr and Jordan Dempsey, both of whom are supported by John Campion in their respective campaigns.
Drought, who currently leads Class A of the Endurance Trial Championship, and won a UK C1 Endurance race at Anglesey earlier this year, is understandably excited about this opportunity.
Nicole Drought: ” I am so excited to be given this opportunity and cannot thank John and Suzanne Campion enough for their generosity. The opportunity to experience a Formula 1 car is incredible, and even more so to do it at Mondello Park.”
John Campion: “Formula Female are doing a great job with their efforts to envourage women into motorsport. I am delighted to support them and it is awesome that Nicole is going to drive the March this weekend!”
The Mondello Park Historic Festival takes place this weekend, with classic car and bike racing, live music and of course a Formula One demonstration. For more information and tickets, see mondello.ie
About Nicole Drought:
Nicole Drought, 25, from Roscrea in Tipperary, is Ireland’s top female racing driver. In 2016, she became the first woman to win in the Irish Touring Car Championship, taking victory in the Production Class in her Honda Integra. She has subsequently raced in Global GT Lights, Stryker Sportscars and Formula Vee. Nicole is a Nissan Generation Next Ambassador, and also the only Irish Ambassador for the International Sean Edwards Foundation, with whom she tested a Porsche GT3 Supercup in Le Castellet in 2016. In 2018, Nicole raced in the Irish Stryker Championship, running at the front all year with a number of podium finishes. She is also the reigning Class 1A Endurance Trial Champion, having competed in 2018 in a NIssan Micra and leads the 2019 series, having won the opening four rounds. 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.
Nicole is a Sean Edwards Foundation Ambassador, a NIssan Generation Next Brand Ambassador and a member of the Murphy Prototypes Young Driver Programme. She is also an Ambassador for Formula Female, the initiative set up by Irish Hockey Star Nicci Daly to attract more females into Motorsport.
Header Image from Michael Chester