Billy Monger was only 16 years old when he lost both legs, and now he faces a grueling challenge for Comic Relief – but how did he lose his legs?
After losing both legs, he returned to the race in a modified car and made it to the podium when he finished third
His complete lack of self-pity and his determination to get back on track earned him an army of fans after the show ended
In 2018, Billy was honored with the Helen Rollason Award of BBC Sports Personality of the Year for Outstanding Achievement Despite Adverse Circumstances
His car crashed into the rear of Finnish driver Patrik Pasma at high speed during a British F4 race on the Donington Park circuit
Billy’s injuries were so severe that both legs were amputated – one above the knee and one below the knee – while surgeons struggled to save his life and broken body
Despite the great personal challenges that lay ahead, Billy wasted no time setting his goal of being back in motorsport in the future
Less than a year after his terrible accident, he took part in a car specially modified by Carlin
Billy tries a challenge that would be daunting for any athlete, let alone one with a disability
“So I need to get the hang of it pretty quickly, especially to cover the distances we’re going to travel”
Billy Monger, Comic Relief 2021
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