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Motorsport community rallies around stricken teen driver

Wisconsin State News.Net - Friday 21st April, 2017

LONDON, UK - British racing driver Billy Monger is believed to have been brought out of an induced coma after his horrifis Formula 4 crash at the Donington Park circuit last weekend.

The 17-year old's car slammed into a stationery vehicle during the race. He was trapped in hicar car for about one-and-ahalf hours before paramedics were able to retrieve him from the wreckage. He was rushed to Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham where surgeons worked overtime to save his life, performing a number of operations. Unfortunately for the teenager, both his legs had to be amputated.

A JustGiving page has been set up to assist the boy from Charlwood in Surrey, and his family for an extended period of rehabilitation as he prepares for his new life ahead. Billy is being backed by the motor racing community, and in particular F1 world champions Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button. By late Thursday night the fund had raised more than six hundred thousand pounds.

“Well known in motorsport for being not only an extremely talented young driver but for also being a truly special 17 year old, loved and admired by his team, fellow competitors, supporters and of course his devoted family. Billy is a complete one-off, a cracking young man with a spark that makes it impossible for anyone not to like him. Full of spirit, Billy is one of those people that instantly lights up a room. His positive, plucky outlook on life is not only hugely endearing but also incredibly inspirational and it’s phenomenal to see how respected and loved Billy is," a tribute to the young driver on the fund-raising page says.

“Having always been a fighter Billy has already overcome big hurdles in his career, struggling for budget Billy has fought his way into top flight motorsport, however, we now need your kindness and support to help give Billy and his family the best chance to fight these injuries that will affect Billy’s life so massively. We are in the process of establishing a Trust to receive, hold, manage and expend funds for Billy’s benefit. In the meantime you can help start the process by donating online. Donations will be used to fund the care, treatments and therapies required by Billy in the immediate future and going forward, helping him to return to a full and active life.”

 

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