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British F3's Monger to be honoured at BBC Sports Personality

Sunday, December 16 2018

The BBC has announced that BRDC British F3 driver Billy Monger will receive the prestigious Helen Rollason Award at Sunday evening's BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award ceremony.

The award, which recognises outstanding achievement in the face of adversity, and awarded in memory of BBC Sport journalist and presenter Helen Rollason, will be presented to the 19-year-old, in front of a live BBC TV audience of millions across the country and an expected audience of 15,000 at the Resorts World Arena in Birmingham.

One of the most prestigious accolades in British sport, previous recipients of the Helen Rollason Award include Paralympian Tanni Grey-Thompson, Boxer Michael Watson and Williams F1 team founder Frank Williams.

Monger's return to racing in the BRDC British F3 Championship this year generated massive worldwide attention, as he recovered from injuries sustained in a British F4 race in 2017.

His season included a dream podium finish on his comeback at Oulton Park, three further podiums at Spa Francorchamps, Donington Park and Silverstone, and two pole positions at Donington, on his first racing appearance at the circuit since his accident.

He came to national attention once more after a BBC Three documentary showing his recovery and racing comeback was broadcast in November.

"Billy truly embodies what this award is all about - overcoming adversity and triumphing during times of immense struggle," said Barbara Slater, director of BBC Sport.

"I am looking forward to watching this remarkable young man collect his award on the night and watching his undoubtedly bright future unfold."

BBC Sports Personality of the Year will be broadcast on BBC One at 7pm on Sunday evening.