Billy Monger wins first Grand Prix since having both legs amputated

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The inspirational story of 20-year-old Billy Monger continued as he won the Pau Grand Prix, two years after a high speed collision resulted in him losing both of his legs.

The injury occurred in 2017 during a Formula 4 race at Donington Park, with the severity of the incident leading some to cast doubt on whether Monger would ever race again.

However, Monger was not about to give up on his dream and neither were his parents, successfully appealing to the FIA to change their rules on disabled drivers and allow a specially adapted vehicle for him to race in.

Remarkably, he was back on the track less than a year later at the British Formula 3 Championship, which included three podiums and two poles on the way to a sixth place finish.

He has now gone one step further, winning the Pau Grand Prix in spectacular fashion.

With Monger continuously defying the odds, his first win since the incident was never going to be straightforward, completing a magnificent last-to-first turnaround after making the decision to switch to wet-weather tyres.

If that wasn’t enough, the youngster made contact with the wall at Turn 3, leaving him with bent steering for the race and making his victory even more impressive.

The Surrey-born driver, who races for Carlin, tweeted after the race: “Can’t believe it, didn’t think 2 years on I’d be winning races. Huge shoutout to the team Carlin Racing for all their hard work. Over the moon.”

The attitude of Monger is simply outstanding and he was recognised at the BBC Sports Personality show in 2018, winning the Helen Rollason Award for courage in the face of adversity.

In a video made for the show, Monger demonstrated that he was a worthy recipient of the honour.

“When I had my accident I didn’t change as a person,” Monger began. “I didn’t change the way I looked at life or what I wanted to achieve in life.

“For me, F1 champion, that’s the goal.”

‘Billy Whizz’ has gained the respect of people everywhere, with former tennis titan Billie-Jean King seeking him out backstage at the show for a selfie, later stating: “I'm in awe of his tenacity. It was an honour to meet him.”

Monger’s story is one of strength and willpower, fighting adverse conditions to make it doing what he loves. A true inspiration.

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