Billy Monger claims podium in British F3 racing return

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Billy Monger claimed a podium finish on his return to competitive action in the first race of the BRDC Formula 3 Championship season opener at Oulton Park on Saturday.

It was the first time the 18-year-old had raced competitively since the accident in British Formula 4 at Donington Park last April that resulted in the amputation of both legs.

Having qualified in fifth place, 0.548s behind the pole time, Carlin racer Monger capitalised on contact between Clement Novalak and Krish Mahadik, settling into third place.

Monger fended off the advances of Tom Gamble for much of the race before finally securing the final podium position behind Nicolai Kjaergaard and winner Linus Lundqvist.

Monger’s presence on the grid was confirmed only last week, having carried out pre-season testing, and at this stage his participation extends to just Oulton Park’s opening round.

Carlin had been given special permission to run a fourth car, one more than the championship normally allows, due to the unique circumstances.

Monger currently operates the throttle by using a paddle on the steering wheel while using his right prosthetic leg to operate a brake pedal.

After the accident in April last year, Monger received worldwide support and raised almost £850,000 to go towards his rehabilitation.

 

Billy Monger claims podium in British F3 racing return

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