Billy Monger Walks Brands

After his horrific accident in April where he lost his lower legs, Billy Monger’s recovery has been something of a motorsport whirlwind. A crowdfunding site set up for him while he was still in hospital raised over £800,000 but Billy wanted to give something back.

Brands Hatch

Back in October, Billy the Whizz, as he is known, took to his brand new prosthetic legs and walked the circuit at Brands to raise money for the Air Ambulance service which undoubtedly saved his life earlier in the year. The crowds were there to support him every step of the way even though he only had 2 days to learn how to use this new mode of transport for himself.

Celeb Status

Billy’s accident certainly caught not only the motorsport world’s attention but also the wider world too. A young man suffering a serious blow to his mobility, career and life in general is always a tough thing to think about but he has shown amazing strength of character in how he conducted himself since and continues to do so. He regularly meets some of his heroes at various events and races and, in doing so, helps raise the profile of disabled people in general and at the same time removing some of the stigma many amputees often feel.

Racing

Billy has made it very clear he intends to get himself back up to full speed when it comes to racing. He doesn’t want to be known as a disabled driver, just a good driver. As one of the fastest people in Formula 4, Billy is highly likely to make this happen and we wish him all the best.

Inclusive

The idea of having him reach the upper levels of the sport is yet another example of how inclusive motorsport can be. There are no gender divides in racing and having a disabled driver winning races is yet more good news. Of course, not everyone can afford to get into motorsport but with the advent of things like the GT Academy those from poorer backgrounds have a shot at racing too.

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