One year after losing both legs, young formula racer returns
|CTVnews 02 Apr 2018 at 06:04|
Teenage racing driver Billy Monger finished third place on his return to racing on Saturday, less than a year after having both legs amputated. (Valery Hache / AFP)
Published Monday, April 2, 2018 9:22AM EDT
Teenage racing driver Billy Monger claimed a podium finish on his return to racing on Saturday, less than a year after having both legs amputated in a horror crash.
The 18-year-old finished the race at Oulton Park in north-west England in third place on his first appearance since undergoing a double amputation when he crashed into a stationary car during a Formula Four race at Donington Park in April, 2017.
"It s a bit surreal but an awesome feeling, even just to be back racing," said Monger.
"If you had told me that I d have been on the podium first race of the year, I would probably have said you were lying to me! It was awesome to be out there and prove I m competitive is more than I could have ever have asked for."
Monger s plight last year -- he was in a coma for three days and in hospital for almost a month -- provoked an outpouring of generosity from the motor racing world.
Formula One world champions such as Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and Nico Rosberg contributed to a fund of around 970,000 euros set up for the teenager.
"When I saw the chequered flag, it was a bit of a relief more than anything, that all the hard work that we had been putting in over the winter had finally paid off and it was a great way to reward the guys and girls to get it."