F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost graduate Billy Monger was honoured at last night’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony with the Helen Rollason Award.
The 19-year old had both lower legs amputated following an accident in a British F4 race at Donington Park in April 2017 and has since returned to racing successfully in BRDC Formula 3 after an inspirational journey demonstrating resolve, courage, resilience and sheer determination to bounce back from his injuries and race again, to widespread acclaim.
He has also since been instrumental in appealing to the FIA to change the regulations restricting disabled drivers, and has his sights set on the new-for-2019 FIA Formula 3 category next season.
The award recognises outstanding achievement in the face of adversity and is named in memory of BBC Sport journalist and presenter Helen Rollason MBE, who sadly passed away following a battle with cancer in 1999, aged 43.
It was presented to Monger by his idol, five-time Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton, in Birmingham’s Genting Arena.
“I have to say a massive thank you to my doctors and surgeons because without them I might not be here today,” said Monger.
“It’s a real honour to share the stage with them because they saved my life.
“I set my targets quite high after my accident to get back racing and without everyone at Carlin Motorsport, I wouldn’t have been able to achieve my dream.
“Motorsport is a team sport. Their belief in me more than anything allowed me to achieve this.”
A recent BBC documentary on Billy’s remarkable recovery, Driven: The Billy Monger Story, is still available to view on BBC iPlayer.
Everyone associated with the F4 British Championship would like to wish Billy every continued success as he progresses up the motorsport ladder.
Image via BBC Sport.