Nicole Drought, 23, is a racing driver from Roscrea in Ireland.
In 2015 and 2016 she competed in the Irish Touring Car Championship, becoming the first woman to win in the series in early 2016. She also made her sportscar debut in 2016, racing a Global GT Light at Anglesey Circuit in the UK, where she qualified second and finished fourth.
She was invited by the Sean Edwards Foundation to test a Porsche Supercup GT3 at Le Castellet in France and subsequently became the first Irish Ambassador for the Foundation, which promotes safety for drivers and circuits worldwide. She was also inducted into the Murphy Prototypes Young Driver initiative and travelled to a number of ELMS rounds with the Irish owned International Sportscar team.
Towards the end of 2016, she was named by sportswomen.ie as Irish Sportswoman of The Year, beating names such as Katie Taylor and Annalise Murphy in a public vote to decide the competition.
For 2017, she will compete in the New Millennium Series in the UK and also will compete in a number of Historic races in Ireland.
In June 2017, she was named by Nissan Ireland as a finalist in their Generation Next scheme, as they seek “Ireland’s next generation of leaders on the local, national and international stage. Ten people who exemplify the drive to succeed.”
Public voting is now open and you can vote for Nicole HERE.