A teenage racing driver who lost both his legs in a horror crash at Donnington Park has returned to the sport.
18-year-old Billy Monger was competing in the Formula 4 championship in April when he was caught in a high-speed smash with a stationary car.
Billy was trapped for 90 minutes after the accident and despite the best efforts of medics at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham, he lost both of his lower legs.
However, he recently posted a photo to his Twitter account which showed him about to get back into a car at the Brands Hatch Circuit for the first time since the accident – which happened just 11 weeks ago in April.
He said: “First time back in a car, it’s been too long #billywhizz #imback.”
His story has touched motor sport fans all over the world who have raised £800,000 in his name, with former Formula 1 world champions Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button giving their backing to the youngster.
Our sister title, The Mirror reported that Billy was able to return to the track with the help of Team BRIT, which helps disabled drivers and injured servicemen to compete in motorsport.
According to Autosport, the teenager will return to racing in November as part of a scheme aimed at putting three disabled drivers on the grid at the Le Mans 24 Hours – the world’s oldest sports car race.
Billy is set to work with quadruple amputee and Le Mans racer Frederic Sasusset.
Billy told Autosport: “It was unbelievable that Fred reached out to me after my accident and asked me to be involved in his plan to get disabled people involved in motorsport at the top level.
“I definitely want to be out racing again. My priority is to get track time in a car and continue my physical work to return to full fitness.”
Sausset explained that he had contacted Monger straight after his accident two months ago.
Thousands watched in horror as Billy’s vehicle collided with another car on the course, which was captured by his on-board camera and streamed live on television.
Commentators described the crash as horrendous as Billy was carefully removed from his vehicle.