How I Became a Software Developer15th June 2021
Meerkat9th July 2021
Billy Monger is a young racing driver who lost both of his legs in a driving accident. After his recovery, and with the help of prosthetic legs and a specially modified car, Billy was eager to get back behind the wheel.
Billy also raises awareness for disabled athletes, charities, and medical groups, and has since become the first ever amputee to race competitively in a single-seater racing car.
From go-karts to Formula 4
Billy started to race in go-karts from the age of six and was scouted for his talent. He upgraded his go-kart for a racing car and participated in Formula 4.
In 2017 Billy crashed during a race and was so badly injured that both of his legs had to be removed. One was amputated above the knee and the other below when he was only 17 years old.
After the accident
After the accident, the whole racing world came together to raise money for his treatment. Some of the most famous drivers in the world spoke up to support him such as Lewis Hamilton and Nico Hulkenberg.
Just a few months later Billy was racing again. He tested a Fun Cup car that had been specially adapted for drivers with disabilities and got his race licence back.
Billy wanted to be back racing again as soon as possible, this time in Formula 3.
The Road Back to Racing
At the time disabled drivers were not allowed to race for safety reasons. He asked the organisers if they could change the rules, as he already had a team who had made him a car. The engineers moved the brake pedal up so he could reach it and moved his throttle to a leaver on the steering wheel.
The organisers changed their rules as all the safety checks were passed. Shortly after, Billy was back in his car and came 3rd.
Billy has test-driven an adapted Formula 1 car, the fastest race car in the world, and continues to raise money for charities. Determined and aspirational, Billy did 140 miles of walking, cycling, and kayaking to raise £3 million for Comic Relief and continues to race.