Indian Racing League Championship

Nicole has returned from India, where she enjoyed a very successful five-week campaign, competing in the inaugural Indian Racing League Championship.

The unique format saw 24 drivers from around the world driving identical Wolf GB08 cars. Drivers competed in six two-car teams, with two drivers per car. Among the drivers, was 24 Hours of Le Mans Champion Neel Jani, and European Le Mans Champion Jon Lancaster, who was Nicole’s teammate.

The first weekend saw Nicole spending a full day testing the Wolf GBO8 at Madras International Circuit, located in Chennai on the Bay of Bengal. It was Nicole’s first time driving in the rain, and she improved in every session, ultimately cracking the top ten – under very challenging conditions.

The four-round series began in earnest on a street circuit, in Hyderabad. Unfortunately, due to mechanical issues with the cars, Round 1 of the series had to be cancelled.

Round 2 of the Championship found the drivers back at the Madras International Circuit. In the first race, Nicole finished a very respectable sixth. The feature race, which included a driver change, saw Nicole and her teammate finish even higher, in fifth place.

The third round of the series was also held in Chennai. It was a character-building weekend for the Vancouver Island native, as she was learning and developing through the whole weekend.

The final weekend of the series saw the drivers returning to the streets of Hyderabad. The Sprint Race saw Nicole finish an excellent sixth, as she prepared for the Feature Race. Taking advantage of a chaotic start, Nicole finished an even stronger fifth.

The conclusion to her season in India saw Nicole having excellent results. In her rookie year in race cars, she had multiple top-five finishes, and finished eleventh in the drivers’ championship. This, in a year when her main goal was to learn and develop as a driver.