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Nicole Drought Wins and Takes The Championship on Home Event

Nicole Drought, from Roscrea in Tipperary, yesterday won her class at the Birr and District Motorclub's Endurance Trial and in doing so, won the class championship too.
As Nicole is a Generation Next Ambassador for Nissan Ireland, she had initially decided to enter the first Endurance Trial of the year in a Nissan. She bought a 2001 Micra 1.0 and with the help of her father and grandfather, serviced and prepped the car for the event. Having won the class at the first event, Nicole found herself leading the championship and decided to contest the entire series.

Such was Nicole's championship lead ahead of last weekend's season finale in Birr, that a class finish of eighth place or better would have assured her of the title. A cautious start saw her run second until the midway point, where she decided to push slightly harder and try for the class win.

After a close battle with her closest championship challenger Peter Cummins, Nicole was ahead by 48 seconds at the end of the event, giving her both the class win and the championship, on her home event.

Nicole Drought: "I'm delighted. I came to the Birr event knowing a finish was enough for the championship but by the afternoon, both Peter (Cummins) and myself were pushing hard for the class win. This all started as a bit of fun but became more serious as the championship went on. The events are quite difficult but so much fun. Endurance Trials are a great discipline and in the 1.0 class, the costs are extremely low.
A big thanks to Gem Oils and Naas Tyres and Autocare for their help this year and to Aaron for navigating this weekend. Also a big thanks to thank Ruth Nugent who sat alongside me for the majority of the events this year."
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Nicole's next event is the Fiesta 6 Hour Endurance Race at Mondello Park on November the 4th.

Nicole and Aaron tackle one of the watersplashes en route to victory at the Birr Endurance Trial last weekend. Images from Peespeed.com

About Nicole Drought: Nicole Drought, 24, 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.

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