23 Aug Nicole Drought Tastes F1 Power at Mondello Park
Tipperary’s Nicole Drought tasted F1 power at last weekend’s Historic Racing Festival when she drove the iconic ex Derek Daly Guinness March 811.
The car is now owned by US based Corkman John Campion and it was due to his generosity that Nicole got the exciting opportunity. Campion had shipped the car over from the States specifically for the annual Mondello Park event. He had also arranged for Derek Daly to be at the event and to be reunited with the car he raced in the 1981 Formula One World Championship.
Nicole had a seat fitting in the car on Saturday morning before taking to the track for her demonstration in front of a large crowd on Saturday afternoon.
It was back to business for Nicole the following day as she returned to the Endurance Trial series. With Aaron McElroy on the notes, the pair took their fifth class win of the year and are now within reach of their second title, with two events still to run.
Nicole Drought: “That was absolutely amazing. The team were so nice and Derek (Daly) was extremely helpful too. The car is wonderful to drive and I am honoured to have had the opportunity. A massive thank you to John and Suzanne Campion- dreams do come true!”
The Guinness March 811 was raced in the world Championship in 1981 by Dublin’s Derek Daly and Eliseo Salazar. It currently resides in John Campion’s car collection in America, with a Jordan F1 car and a host of iconic Group B rally cars for company.
Images from Michael Chester