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Sunday, 16 December 2018

Monger receives top award for courage


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An emotional Billy Monger has been honoured with a top British award for courage and perseverance, after his inspirational return to motor racing.

The 19-year-old had both legs amputated after a horror crash during a Formula 4 race at Donnington Park in April 2017. Monger was trapped for 90 minutes after the 190kph accident, with doctors unable to save his legs despite a series of operations.

He returned to racing this year in the British Formula 3 series, claiming four podium finishes on his way to a sixth place finish in the championship. He became the first disabled driver to race a single-seater.

Monger has been presented with the Helen Rollason award that recognises outstanding achievement in the face of adversity, with his hero Lewis Hamilton on hand to bestow the honour.

Lewis Hamilton and Billy Monger.

He was joined on stage by the doctors and nurses that saved his life, with some weeping openly as he received the award.

“I have to say a massive thank you to my doctors and surgeons because without them I might not be here today,” Monger said.

“It's a real honour to share the stage with them because they saved my life.

“I set my targets quite high after my accident to get back racing and without everyone at Carlin Motorsport I wouldn't have been able to achieve my dream.

“Motorsport is a team sport. Their belief in me more than anything allowed me to achieve this.”

Monger’s return to motor racing forced the governing body to change the rules which had previously prevented disabled drivers racing single-seat cars on the grounds of safety. He drives a specially adapted car that allows him to brake with what’s left of his right leg, while using a lever on the steering wheel as the throttle.

Hamilton, who finished second behind Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award, tweeted his admiration for Monger’s determination.

“So proud of what you have achieved, Billy,” Hamilton wrote on Twitter.

“True fighting spirit and inspiration. It was an honour to be there with you tonight.”

https://twitter.com/LewisHamilton/status/1074417789480378371?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

The BBC came under fire after Monger’s speech was cut short, with the presenters mistakenly thinking he had finished. The 19-year-old was later called back on stage where he was able to thank his parents for supporting his career, even after his accident.

Monger plans to step up to European Formula 3 in 2019, the same series that was won by Mick Schumacher in 2018.

An emotional Billy Monger has been honoured with a top British award for courage and perseverance, after his inspirational return to motor racing.

The 19-year-old had both legs amputated after a horror crash during a Formula 4 race at Donnington Park in April 2017. Monger was trapped for 90 minutes after the 190kph accident, with doctors unable to save his legs despite a series of operations.

He returned to racing this year in the British Formula 3 series, claiming four podium finishes on his way to a sixth place finish in the championship. He became the first disabled driver to race a single-seater.

Monger has been presented with the Helen Rollason award that recognises outstanding achievement in the face of adversity, with his hero Lewis Hamilton on hand to bestow the honour.

Lewis Hamilton and Billy Monger.

He was joined on stage by the doctors and nurses that saved his life, with some weeping openly as he received the award.

“I have to say a massive thank you to my doctors and surgeons because without them I might not be here today,” Monger said.

“It's a real honour to share the stage with them because they saved my life.

“I set my targets quite high after my accident to get back racing and without everyone at Carlin Motorsport I wouldn't have been able to achieve my dream.

“Motorsport is a team sport. Their belief in me more than anything allowed me to achieve this.”

Monger’s return to motor racing forced the governing body to change the rules which had previously prevented disabled drivers racing single-seat cars on the grounds of safety. He drives a specially adapted car that allows him to brake with what’s left of his right leg, while using a lever on the steering wheel as the throttle.

Hamilton, who finished second behind Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award, tweeted his admiration for Monger’s determination.

“So proud of what you have achieved, Billy,” Hamilton wrote on Twitter.

“True fighting spirit and inspiration. It was an honour to be there with you tonight.”

https://twitter.com/LewisHamilton/status/1074417789480378371?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

The BBC came under fire after Monger’s speech was cut short, with the presenters mistakenly thinking he had finished. The 19-year-old was later called back on stage where he was able to thank his parents for supporting his career, even after his accident.

Monger plans to step up to European Formula 3 in 2019, the same series that was won by Mick Schumacher in 2018.

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