A rising star on the British motorsports circuit, and an inspirational speaker who has overcome adversity to perform at the top-level of BDRC - Billy Whizz as he is fondly known, is a double leg amputee who is a current star of Formula Three. Between 2016 and 2017, then 17 year old, Billy Monger was widely thought of as one of the top young talents in the sport. After a high speed collision at Donington Park, he was airlifted to hospital in what was described as one of the most horrendous collisions in motorsport history.
Monger awoke from a coma and both of his legs were amputated. He received treatment and the support of many high-profile F1 drivers including Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton. Just seven months after his crash, Monger was once again back on the tracks. He would ride as part of a programme supporting disabled drivers before testing a Formula 3 car in 2018, showing incredible mental resilience.
Amazingly, Monger and his family successfully appealed for a change of FIA regulations, leading to the governing body to overturn restrictions for single seat disabled drivers in Formula 3 racing, as long as vehicles could pass safety checks. His race team, Carlin, would modify his race car, allowing him to break with his leg stump and operate the throttle with a lever attached to the steering wheel. He would race for his team at the BRDC Formula 3 series, and finished third in the race. That same season, he enjoyed four podium finishes and a sixth place finish overall in the BRDC British Formula 3 Championship.
Monger's story brought significant mainstream media attention, and in 2018 he was the subject of a Sky Sports feature during coverage of the 2018 Austrian Grand Prix. The footage showed Monger driving an F1 racing car for the first time. The BBC would release, Driven: The Billy Monger Story in the winter of 2018. The year would also see Monger win the BBC Sports Personality Helen Rollason Award, citing outstanding achievement in the face of adversity. In the Euroformula Open Championship 2019, Monger is eleventh place after 12 races, having won his first race at that level. He also works as an analyst for Channel 4, for the television coverage of F1 races.
A truly inspiring sporting figure, with much to offer to the world of motorsport, both from behind the wheel and behind the screen, there is no doubt that Billy "Whizz" Monger remains a top talent capable of motivating all manner of teams at sporting, charity and corporate occasions.