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Billy Monger - injury, recovery and return to racing


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#551 midgrid

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Posted 29 July 2018 - 09:31

Monger finished on the podium for the second time in British F3 at Spa-Francorchamps last weekend.  He emulated Daniel Ricciardo by drinking champagne from one of his prosthetic legs! 



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#552 f1paul

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Posted 29 July 2018 - 11:23

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#553 gillesfan76

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Posted 29 July 2018 - 11:33

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Awesome to see! How hard this kid has worked, just incredible.



#554 absinthedude

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 10:28

If he drove not another mile in his life, Billy Monger would still be a legend and an inspiration. 

 

The fact that he's competitive in F3 is really wonderful to see. Let's see how far he can take this.



#555 Sterzo

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 12:33

Notched up another podium in the Saturday race at Brands last weekend, set fastest lap in the reverse grid race, and finished fifth in the third race. And exchanging banter with other drivers in the paddock (as usual).



#556 BiggestBuddyLazierFan

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 13:34

This kid is amazing. IMO He surpassed even Alex Zanardi in amazingness.

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 13:36

Also, kudos to the modern day prosthetics

Doctors and prosthetic engineers did amazing job as well

#558 B3ndy

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 13:47

Obviously managing clutch, breaks and gears by hand is frankly brilliance, I can't even imagine how difficult that is. However, I'm curious to know if car designers can be even more aggressive with someone like Billy. While F3 is a spec series, I wonder if they can make modifications that would otherwise be unavailable to other drivers?



#559 Clatter

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 14:13

Obviously managing clutch, breaks and gears by hand is frankly brilliance, I can't even imagine how difficult that is. However, I'm curious to know if car designers can be even more aggressive with someone like Billy. While F3 is a spec series, I wonder if they can make modifications that would otherwise be unavailable to other drivers?

 


In F3 he still uses the brake pedal. https://www.autosport.com/national/news/134843/carlin-gets-clearance-to-run-monger-in-f3

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#560 Tenmantaylor

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 14:17

This is quite simply amazing. What an impressive young man. Safe to say I don't think many of us thought he'd race again let alone compete and achieve great results on one of the world's best tracks.

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 14:28

So what's this one called... more than a shoey.  :lol:

 

In German, "cheers!" = "prost!"  ... given that it's a PROSTethic leg, I immediately thought of that when I saw the picture.  :up:   Keep it up, young man!



#562 jonpollak

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 21:47

Doug Boles is looking for a team to place him with for the 500.

#563 messy

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Posted 11 August 2018 - 06:53

KTM need a stand-in for Pol Espargaro and are struggling to find one in MotoGP, Billy?

Well, there's really nothing this lad can't do is there?

#564 Sterzo

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Posted 11 August 2018 - 17:15

For those who haven't spotted this, it's worth a look. Monger explains how he uses the hand controls... and how they mean he never has a full wrap-round grip on the steering wheel.

https://www.autospor...-your-questions



#565 f1paul

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Posted 11 August 2018 - 21:05

https://twitter.com/...237623704772618

 

 

Work is well underway on our BBC documentary with these two incredible chaps. @lxznr and @BillyMonger. Will let you know when and where you’ll be able to see and hear it ASAP! Thanks to both for making a dream become reality!

Great stuff. A documentary on two incredible people: Billy Monger and Alex Zanardi!  :clap: 

 

:up: 


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Posted 26 August 2018 - 19:51

Listening to the wise man himself @lxznr! Looking forward to seeing him try to pull off the ‘Italian Job’ in the @DTM night race @circuitomisano and try nick a few positions 1f44a-1f3fc.png#BillyWhizz

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#567 PEW

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Posted 06 September 2018 - 18:39

Billy meets Alex was screened last Sunday under the title Human Endeavour  on BBC News =only 30mins but worth a view on iPlayer



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Posted 18 September 2018 - 12:28

Going back to the place where this journey started. Been a big learning curve, not just with racing. No clue what it’s going to feel like but I’ll be giving my all no matter what! Thank u everyone for ur support, only have eyes on one goal going into this wknd 1f440.png1f3c6.png#BillyWhizz

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#569 SophieB

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Posted 18 September 2018 - 15:39

What a great person. Keep doing what makes you happy, Billy.

#570 PayasYouRace

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Posted 18 September 2018 - 19:20

He does so well. Incredible.



#571 Muppetmad

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Posted 22 September 2018 - 11:13

https://www.autospor...onington-return

 

Words can't describe how much this man continues to impress me.



#572 pacificquay

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Posted 22 September 2018 - 12:22

Great job, William Monger

#573 f1paul

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Posted 23 September 2018 - 16:48



#574 ANF

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Posted 23 September 2018 - 17:24

Looks like he finished third in race 3 behind Kjærgaard and Mahadik.

#575 stairpotato

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Posted 23 September 2018 - 20:10

He may have finished third - but he definitely won in my books.



#576 Squeed

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Posted 23 September 2018 - 20:54

I would have gone 100% Leiutenant Dan in Billy’s shoes, I don’t know what it would be like to have inner strength like that.

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Posted 24 September 2018 - 13:04

Can't wait to see the documentary. This lad is such an inspiration.



#578 Sterzo

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Posted 24 September 2018 - 22:07

I have educated my wife. Placed her in front of the TV and made her watch: "Human Endeavour: Billy Monger Meets Alex Zanardi" on BBC iPlayer (as publicised on this thread). She is now much improved.



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Posted 26 September 2018 - 19:53

Not sure about others, but this is news to me. Carlin have seemingly paid for his racing activities this year rather than sponsors. I find that thoroughly depressing.



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Posted 26 September 2018 - 21:30

Surely there isn't a more marketable young man out there? How utterly bizarre. Apparently these sponsors need their heads smacked together.

 

A big thumbs up to Carlin for funding Billy themselves, though - that can't be cheap.



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Posted 26 September 2018 - 22:56

This kid is amazing. IMO He surpassed even Alex Zanardi in amazingness.

 

Alex is still adding to his amazingness. Consider this past weekend.

 

Ex-F1 driver Alex Zanardi has set a new world record for a disabled athlete en route to fifth place overall at the Ironman Italy Emilia-Romagna. The multiple Paralympic & world champion competed against a 2700-strong field consisting mostly of able-bodied athletes and completed the Ironman in a time of 08:26.06, smashing his own world record by over half-an-hour. His previous record, a time of 08:58.59, was set in Barcelona last year and was the first time a disabled athlete had beaten the nine-hour mark. The feat consisted of a 3.8 kilometre swim in the Mediterranean, 180 kilometres of cycling with his handbike and a 42.2 kilometre marathon distance in his race wheelchair.


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Posted 27 September 2018 - 07:54

Not sure about others, but this is news to me. Carlin have seemingly paid for his racing activities this year rather than sponsors. I find that thoroughly depressing.

Probably isn't helped that to the vast majority, Motorsport is solely F1 and few open their minds to watching lower series of motorsport.

Perhaps if more people watched lower series of motorsport (which ironically is often far more entertaining than F1) more sponsorship would be available.

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#583 F1matt

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Posted 27 September 2018 - 11:31

This ties in with the "Do you know who my dad is thread" but British Motorsport is so blinkered it beggars belief, how many organisations like the BRDC, MSA, potential sponsors could get this kid a full time drive and the positive feedback they would receive would be phenomenal. Well done Carlin, I imagine it is Max and Tom Chiltons dad who has bankrolled it so far?



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Posted 27 September 2018 - 11:42

Surely there isn't a more marketable young man out there? How utterly bizarre.

 

You'd think Dean Stoneman would be in a similar position, as a cancer survivor. 



#585 PEW

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Posted 18 November 2018 - 19:55

Driven -the Billy  Monger story on BBC2  21,00  - 22,00  Monday 19th  November


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#586 messy

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Posted 18 November 2018 - 20:40

You'd think Dean Stoneman would be in a similar position, as a cancer survivor.


Stoneman....cancer survivor and great story maybe but I've heard he's not the easiest to work with. At all.

Monger seems a delightful young lad though. Hopefully that helps with future sponsorship and funding.

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Posted 19 November 2018 - 11:15

Did anyone catch a glimpse of Carlin's "Top Gear" leaderboard for their sim?  I think it was Nikita Troitskiy first, followed by Jamie Caroline and then Monger.

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Posted 19 November 2018 - 11:55

Great piece: https://www.bbc.co.u...aredevil_spirit

 

There's also a documentary on the BBC tonight and is already on iplayer: https://www.bbc.co.u...ly-monger-story



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Posted 19 November 2018 - 13:29

Great piece: https://www.bbc.co.u...aredevil_spirit

 

There's also a documentary on the BBC tonight and is already on iplayer: https://www.bbc.co.u...ly-monger-story

 

Geez the story, those pictures  :cry: Very moving



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Posted 19 November 2018 - 17:34


 
There's also a documentary on the BBC tonight and is already on iplayer: https://www.bbc.co.u...ly-monger-story[/quote]

Powerful documentary. What a guy!

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Posted 19 November 2018 - 22:43

great program. What strength.



#592 Tenmantaylor

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Posted 19 November 2018 - 23:08

This kid is beyond the cliche of the inspirational against all odds fighter. To come third in your F3 debut is an amazing achievement for anyone. To do it after all that and carry himself with such composure and positivity is just unbelievable. A really fantastic documentary too. Absolutely hit the right tone of facts, insight, his personal life and overall what he's like. It was emotional.

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Posted 20 November 2018 - 00:36

Utterly fantastic documentary - what an incredible individual, what a lovely family and what incredible determination to return to his passion, his hobby, his life in motorsport after one of the most shocking crashes I have ever seen. I wept at how happy his family were after his 3rd place at Oulton Park.

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Posted 21 November 2018 - 12:32

I am really glad his documentary is allowing more people outside of motorsport to learn about his story and to get to know what Billy has been going through and his progress. It's more people to root for him!



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Posted 21 November 2018 - 14:28

****ing stones on this kid, massive. 



#596 Sterzo

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Posted 21 November 2018 - 14:45

A really fantastic documentary too. Absolutely hit the right tone of facts, insight, his personal life and overall what he's like. It was emotional.

Exactly this.

 

Have seen Monger in Ginetta Juniors, F4 and F3; seen him knocking around the paddock; know his story; and saw the Monger/Zanardi documentary. Thought I might as well watch the programme, without expecting too much, and it absolutely blew me away. Wife and daughter will now watch (compulsory), and I'll watch a second time.



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Posted 21 November 2018 - 14:47

What's upcoming should prove him that everything is possible, no matter what. Love them both for determination and passion for motorsport.

 

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Posted 21 November 2018 - 15:11

I'd like to see Mercedes adapt their simulator (if it needs it) so that he could have a go and see how he gets on in comparison to Lewis and Valtteri.



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Posted 21 November 2018 - 15:29

Does anyone know what is next for Billy?  Does he have a drive next year?



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Posted 21 November 2018 - 21:39

He's said to be looking for £350,000 to do a season of (I think) International F3. It is a bit early to finalise such deals at the moment.