Continuing A Career As A Racing Driver After A Double Lower Limb Amputation

Billy Monger, UK

Summary: Billy Monger was a rising figure in the professional motor racing scene until in 2017 when he was involved in an accident. He crashed into a stationary vehicle at 120mph and was left with significant and life changing injuries.

He was airlifted to hospital, and despite the surgeon’s best efforts, part of both of his legs were amputated.

Billy was able to go home but reported feeling a sense of loss of independence early on and a frustration of watching other racing drivers compete whilst he had to sit on the sidelines

The Passion: From a young age Billy loved car racing and had progressed through the ranks to racing professionally in F4. Despite his injury Billy’s love for racing was not extinguished and became a key part of his post injury life,

The Gamechanger: Not letting go of a passion. Very early on after his injury, Billy knew that racing still had to be part of his life. His decision to keep the passion alive seemed to play an integral role in what Billy did next.

With a clear goal in his sights, Billy worked hard on his rehab and his determination to get back driving eventually resulted in him being given an opportunity to get back behind the wheel of an adapted car.

Gamechanger 2: Not accepting the status quo.

Billy had shown that he could drive an adapted car. However, the sport’s governing body had introduced a rule that banned disabled drivers from racing in single-seat cars. Billy appealed against this rule and working with a racing car team they eventually built out an adapted car that was accepted by the governing body and Billy was allowed to start racing in the Formula 3 championships.

Some of the key adaptations that made this work included:

-Moving the brake pedal up towards the right leg stump

-The accelerator became a lever on the left-hand side of the steering wheel whilst the gears and clutch were moved to the right side

Since the 2018, F3 season, Billy has competed in a number of international competitions. He was also awarded the BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2018 and has advocated for further adjustments to competitive racing rules for disabled people.

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