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Young racing driver is back behind the wheel after serious crash

Billy Monger
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In April Billy Monger’s dreams of being a professional racing driver were shattered when the young driver suffered a serious crash a few days before his eighteenth birthday.

When a car smashed into teenager’s vehicle at Donnington Park Billy was rushed to hospital to undergo a life-changing operation. Both his lower legs were amputated and his days of competing in his favourite sport were about to come off the tracks.

This week Billy has proved his doubters wrong by returning behind the wheel at Brands Hatch in his adapted VW Beetle-shaped racing car which has steering wheel mounted controls.

Monger’s quick recovery is thanks to Team BRIT, an organisation which helps disabled drivers participate in motorsport.

Billy said: "It's been really good just to get back behind the wheel.

"Team BRIT have got two steering wheels for me to try out today.

"I've decided which one I prefer, now it's just about perfecting the technique."

"I'm not 100% committed to anything yet, we're just looking at different options to see what's best for me in the future."

"There's a lot of work involved in what's going on with my own rehabilitation, but that's all going well, so hopefully we'll be back out on track soon."

His next goal is to take part in Le Mans 24 with Frederic Sausset, a racing driver who lost both his arms and legs due to an illness.

Billy told the BBC he still wants to perfect his technique.