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Billy Monger to make comeback in Easter British F3 at Oulton Park

Tuesday, March 27 2018

Teenage racing driver Billy Monger, who had both legs amputated after a crash less than 12 months ago, returns to the track at Oulton Park this bank holiday weekend (31 March & 2 April) with the Carlin team BRDC British F3 Championship season-opener.

The 18-year-old, who has tested heavily with the team pre-season as he recuperates from injuries suffered in the British F4 accident last April, will race at the Cheshire circuit with the aim of generating sponsorship to fund a full season in British F3 with the team.

Billy's career was on an upward trajectory before his accident at Donington Park. He finished fifth overall in the 2015 Ginetta Junior Championship before moving to single-seaters in 2016 in the F4 British Championship.

He secured three podiums that year on his way to 12th overall in the standings, and remained in the series for 2017, taking two podium finishes from six races before suffering his life-changing injuries. Following the crash, Billy received widespread support from across the world and messages from F1 stars Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen and Jenson Button.

His racing return in British F3 comes behind the wheel of a specially-adapted Tatuus Cosworth car, with a throttle on his steering wheel and a single pedal, brought right up from the foot well, used for braking with his prosthetic leg. The Carlin team have been given special dispensation from championship organiser MSV to run the car.

Still adapting to his new controls, Billy was an impressive sixth fastest in the official media day test at Donington Park at the start of March, less than a second off the overall pace, and was 11th on his first visit to Spa Francorchamps last week.

Billy Monger commented: "I'm really excited to confirm that I'll be on the grid for the first round of the BRDC British F3 Championship at Oulton Park this weekend. It's one race at a time for the time being, but I'm hoping to confirm for the rest of the season soon. Thanks to Carlin and my sponsor Baylis and Harding for their continued support, and I can't wait to get on the grid!"

Discounted advance tickets for the British GT Championship and BRDC British F3 Championship at Oulton Park on 31 March and 2 April are available online in advance at www.oultonpark.co.uk . For more information, please call 0843 453 9000 or click here