Double amputee Billy Monger’s racing return confirmed
Teenage racer Billy Monger is set to compete in his first race since losing both of his legs.
Monger, 18, will race at Oulton Park this weekend in the BRDC British Formula 3 Championship, driving for Carlin Racing, which he has tested with extensively over the winter.
The teen lost both of his legs in the aftermath of a serious accident in a British Formula 4 Championship race at Donington Park on 16 April 2017. Immediately, the young Briton was determined to make his way back into motorsport, and tested a specially adapted Volkswagen endurance racing car in July, just three months after the horrific Donington crash.
Formula One stars including Jenson Button, Max Verstappen, Daniel Ricciardo, and Lewis Hamilton have all shown their support for Monger, by contributing to a JustGiving page to aid his rehabilitation, which totalled over £850,000.
Since then, Monger has received support from the motorsport community at large, culminating in the opportunity to take part in the Oulton Park races this weekend.
On Twitter, Monger confirmed his participation in this weekend's racing: "Excited to announce I'll be lining up on the grid for the first race of BRDC British F3 Championship this weekend. One race at a time for now but hoping to confirm for the rest of the season soon."
The championship organisers, MSV, gave Carlin special dispensation to run a fourth car in the championship for Monger, despite the standard cap of three entries per team.
While the racing will not be televised live, there will be highlights on ITV4 next weekend.