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Double amputee makes amazing comeback with place on podium

 

By Sammy Hamill

Billy Monger, the teenage English driver who lost both his legs after an horrific accident at Donington Park last year, made an amazing return to the track at the weekend and claimed a place on the podium in the opening round of the British F3 Championship at Oulton Park.

Almost exactly a year after the terrible crash during a British F4 race, which resulted in both his legs having to be amputated, the 18-year-old was back for his first competitive race.

He qualified fifth fastest and went on to finish in third place behind Nicolai Kjaergaard and winner Linus Lundqvist.

Monger's bravery, resilience, cheerfulness and determination to get back to racing saw thousands of people respond to a Billywhiz hashtag on Twitter, raising close to £1m to help his rehabilitation.

His Carlin team had been given special permission to run a fourth car at Oulton Park, one more than the championship normally allows, due to the unique circumstances.

Having carried out pre-season testing, his presence on the grid at the weekend was only confirmed last week and so far his participation extends to just the opening round.

But given his performance it seems unlikely that Monger will not be allowed to continue to race.

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