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I've just watched the Billy Monger programme on BBC2, about a 17 year old racing driver needing a double amputation on his legs after a very bad racing accident, to come back and race again in F4 11 months later.

 

What utterly fantastic spirit in one so young.

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I saw the Billy Monger collision during the race on tv and it was one of the worst I have ever seen.  It was reminiscent of Johnny Herberts accident at Brands Hatch in formula 3000 in 1998 when he was clipped from behind, his car smashing into the barrier, removing the nose cone and then, with his feet exposed, spinning and again hitting a barrier head on.   He was racing again just seven months later in F1 albeit with difficulty as he couldn't brake in the same way any more.  Who will ever forget Martin Donnellys 1990 F1 carnage at Jerez when his Lotus hit the barrier at 140mph, literally blowing into pieces leaving him lying on the track still strapped to his seat, yet still surviving  after a long period of extensive specialist treatment.  He is now an instructor at the Lotus Driving Academy.    Anyone who complains that todays F1 cars are too 'safe' should take a look at these pics.

 

These guys are a breed apart and have a determination that few will ever experience.  Young Billy Monger is the finest modern day testament to overcoming a life changing event with true grit and a seemingly permanent grin.  Makes me feel quite small.

 

 

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I saw it live. Will never forget that impact from the in car footage. The lad is so positive and driven. Didn't see the programme but have seen various interviews on the BTCC.

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I do like the way F1 helped to pick this lad back up again.   There is nothing like being in a racing seat no matter the formula.  Wish this lad all the best.

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