Young F4 Racer loses legs after huge crash

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Young F4 Racer loses legs after huge crash

Post by patriot66 » Thu Apr 20, 2017 3:34 pm

I don't know if anybody was watching the BTCC from Donington Park last Sunday, but in one of the support races 17 year old F4 driver Billy Monger had a huge crash resulting in the eventual amputation of both legs from below the knees. Emergency services took 90 minutes to extract him from the wreckage. One of the most shocking crashes I've seen recently. It's on YouTube. It's not gory but it will shock you. The motorsport community are rallying round with £500k already in a fund, Jenson Button contributing £15k himself.
Being a lifelong motorsport fan and regular BTCC viewer it left me feeling quite upset and distressed. I think we've maybe got a little wrapped in cotton wool in recent times and this reminds us that racing is still dangerous.
My thoughts are with him, his family and friends.
So very sad.
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Young F4 Racer loses legs after huge crash

Post by ekimj10 » Thu Apr 20, 2017 4:58 pm

Well said Mr Patriot! I had read about it and thought how tragic.
It's heartening to see how much has been raised.
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Young F4 Racer loses legs after huge crash

Post by TitanTim » Thu Apr 20, 2017 5:01 pm

Caught it on the National News earlier today, I think over half a million pounds has been raised already to help out. Very sad and tragic for someone so young and brings home can still be a dangerous sport. On the bright side though it sounds like the lad is the sort of person to get passed it and already been talking of how he can race again.

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Young F4 Racer loses legs after huge crash

Post by ZermattV » Thu Apr 20, 2017 5:10 pm

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/BillyMonger23?

Hopefully the link works - Motorsport Social Media at its best today - it's going to be a long road back but considering he's already talking about hand activated clutches he looks to have a fighting spirit.

I too was saddened by this , I watched Johnny Herbert talk about his accident at Autosport International and this reminded me a lot of that but with the outcome being unfortunately worse.
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Young F4 Racer loses legs after huge crash

Post by nick_l » Thu Apr 20, 2017 7:22 pm

It was horrible. Especially as it was on his on board camera live when it happened. It's amazing the support shown by the motorsport community. I believe all the touring cars are going to be displaying some kind of tribute in place of the usual Dunlop logo on number plates for the next event at Thruxton.
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Young F4 Racer loses legs after huge crash

Post by Mr Tidy » Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:18 am

Horrific - I hope he does get out again, even if he needs a car adapted for his use.

Best wishes to Billy, his family, friends and supporters. :thumbsup:

Not quite the same issues but Ian Hutchinson has proved pretty quick at the TT with modifications, so hopefully there are some opportunities out there.
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Young F4 Racer loses legs after huge crash

Post by Kingfisher » Fri Apr 21, 2017 3:48 pm

Forza Billy! ... :thumbsup:
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Young F4 Racer loses legs after huge crash

Post by flimper » Fri Apr 21, 2017 4:22 pm

Always watch the BTCC and saw this live, absolutely horrible crash, one of the worst I've seen

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