Double amputee Billy Monger has completed a track test with British F3 outfit Carlin at Oulton Park as he targets a return to single-seater racing.

The 18-year-old got behind the wheel of Carlin’s British F3 car at the Cheshire circuit in what was his first time driving a single-seater since his horrific high-speed crash during a British F4 race at Donington Park in April last year. 

Monger had one leg amputated above the knee and the other below after hitting a stationary car, but his determination to return to competitive racing has caught the admiration of the motorsport world, and propelled a fundraising campaign that was supported by Formula 1 stars including reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton. 

His positive attitude and spirit has also been recognised by the Laureus sporting awards, with the teenager up for the ‘best sporting moment of the year’ award. 

Monger completed a remarkable recovery to drive a car again less than three months after his accident, while he has also undergone extensive simulator tests in preparation for a full-time return to racing.

Having gained support from the Motor Sports Association, Monger has also successfully helped to overturn an FIA rule that had previously prevented disabled drivers from competing in international single-seater categories. 

Monger recently announced his intentions to contest a single-seater championship - most likely British F3 - in 2018, and his Carlin test represents a significant milestone in his ambitions.



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