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Roscrea Racecar Driver Wins Irish Sportswoman Award

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Roscrea Racecar Driver Wins Irish Sportswoman Award thumbnailNicole Drought, who has been chosen as Sportswoman of the Year 2016.

'THE ROSCREA ROCKET' Nicole Drought has won the Sportswoman of the Year award - less than two years after bursting onto the racetrack when she made her motorsport debut in 2015.

Nicole (22), daughter of Roscrea mechanic and car dealer, Owain Drought, was announced as the winner of sportswomen.ie's Sportswoman of the Year 2016 on Monday.
 Nicole, whose racing achievements were also acknowledged by the Municipal Council for the region last month at an awards ceremony in Templemore, has carved a name for herself in the very challenging high-octane Irish Touring Car Championship.

After only two years ago on the racetracks, Nicole's remarkable achievements have seen her enjoy plenty of success and she has been lauded as a great role model for young women aspiring to test their mettle behind the wheel of a high-power sportscar.

So far Nicole's racing CV is exemplary and she became the first woman to be nominated for the Motorsport Ireland Young Driver Award in 2015, the first woman to win in Irish Touring Cars in 2016 and qualified on the front row of the grid for her sportscar debut in Anglesey in North Wales when she joined the Global GT Lights for a round of their championship.
 However, she hasn't crossed the finish line yet and Nicole has her sights set on stealing many more chequered flags in 2017 with plans to switch to sportscars with the intention of ultimately chasing a career on the European or World stage.
 'I'm really happy to win this one,' Nicole said on Monday after taking a massive 20% of the public vote - the first for a racing driver against far higher profile sports.

'I could not believe the support I received once I was was nominated. I would like to thank everyone who voted, Leo Nulty Promotions for all their work this year and sportswomen.ie, who have kept readers informed on my progress all year too,' she said.

Nicole was a winner in Irish Touring Cars in 2016, driving her Gem Oils, IT Monkey and Stapletons Bakery sponsored Honda Integra and is also a former All Ireland winning Camogie Captain.

She made her motor racing debut in 2015, driving a 250bhp Honda Integra in the Irish Touring Car Championship. In 2016, she became the first Irish Ambassador for the Sean Edwards Foundation and accepted their invitation to travel to Le Castellet in France to test a GT3 Porsche 911.

Earlier this year she also became a member of the Murphy Prototypes Young Driver programme and attended an ELMS race in France with the Irish based European sportscar team.

Nicole is a final year student of Law and Business in the University of Limerick and is very well known in her hometown Roscrea for her racing success.

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