ABB Formula E drivers and Billy Monger will race in an charity electric karting event in Paris to raise awareness of the newly-formed FIA Disability and Accessibility Commission.

Current championship leader Jean-Eric Vergne has organised a karting event ahead of the Paris E-Prix on the 25th April, alongside some of the drivers from the Formula E series and Billy Monger to raise awareness for disabled aspiring racing drivers.

Having recovered from his life-threatening injuries suffered in a horrific British Formula 3 crash at Donington Park, Monger has made a remarkable comeback and will take part in this year's event with a specially-modified kart.

Monger had to have both of his lower legs amputated after his accident but has returned to racing less than one year on and clinched a podium finish on his British Formula 3 debut at Oulton Park three weeks ago.

The funds raised for the event will go to the charity Spinal Track, an organisation that gives disabled drivers a chance to get back into racing.

Founder and CEO of Formula E, Alejandro Agag says he’s proud that Formula E continues to show support for the event and is happy to hear Billy will be joining in for the event.

“I’m proud that the Formula E grid is continuing to take the initiative with this event to show their support for the newly-formed FIA Disability and Accessibility Commission,” Agag said. “Also, it’s fantastic to see Billy will be joining us in Paris - I think he’ll give our drivers a hard time on track

“I’d also like to thank Jean-Eric Vergne for putting the race together and helping to raise funds as a collective group for such a great cause.”

Vergne says ahead of the announcement that the return of Billy Monger behind a wheel of a racing car is fantastic news and hopes the event can help motive others.

“Less than 12 months after his crash, Billy returned to single-seater racing using a specially-adapted car and finished third on his first race back.” Vergne said. “This outstanding news proved to us all that no one should ever give up on his or her dream - and that if we all stand and work together we can make a difference.

“We make the impossible possible and we can motivate others to follow the same path. Billy will come and race with us at RKC - my karting track on the outskirts of Paris - for the #BillyWhizz charity kart race on April 25.”

Monger will be racing in support of Spinal Track and is looking to earn his ARDS licence to offer his own expertise to other disabled drivers through instructing at events.

“I’d love to give back to the motorsport community and this is a great way to do this” Monger said. “It’ll be a great experience for me, as I plan the next stage of my career to instruct other racing drivers in single-seaters and saloon cars - once I have my ARDS instructors licence.”

 

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