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Teenage British F4 racing driver Billy Monger loses both lower legs after horror Motorsport crash at Donington Park

Mirror logo Mirror 19/04/2017 Sophie Evans
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Teenage British F4 racing driver Billy Monger has lost both of his lower legs after a horrific crash, it has emerged.

The "gifted" 17-year-old was involved in the high-speed smash while racing at Donington Park in Derby on Sunday.

He was airlifted to hospital after remaining trapped in his vehicle for more than 90 minutes after the disaster.

Despite medics' best efforts, the teenager has lost both of his lower legs, according to a new fundraising page.

He now faces a "huge challenge to recover and return to a full and active life" following the devastating crash.

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The collision at the motorsport circuit was captured on Billy's onboard camera and streamed live on television.

Thousands of people have watched the shocking moment his vehicle collided with another car on the course.

The race - during Round 6 of the British Formula 4 Championship - was red flagged while the incident was dealt with.

Commentators described the crash as "horrendous" as Billy was carefully extracted from his vehicle.

The teenager, from Charlwood, Surrey, was airlifted to the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham.

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Medics were sadly unable to save his lower legs.

A JustGiving page has now been set up by racing driver Tom Ingram to support the "extremely talented" teen.

In a post on the page, Tom writes: "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.

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“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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Billy refers to himself on Twitter as Billy The Whizz.

On his team Billy Monger Racing's website page, he says he has been crowned British Champion twice but "for 2017 it's my time to become the British F4 Champion".

"I strive for the win in everything i do. This is the only goal in my mind, to be the best. Ever."

He has also won multiple races across the World Karting Championship, Ginetta Junior Championships and 2016 F4 British Championships.

Following Sunday's crash, the teenager's cousin Lucy Bishop described the incident as "our worst nightmare".

Taking to Twitter, she wrote: "Terrifying day! Thinking of my beautiful cousin Billy Monger, our worst nightmare!

"Bert is sending you speedy get better hugs, you're his hero!"

Rhys Goode, spokesperson for JustGiving, said: “To sustain these sort of injuries would be devastating at any age, but to suffer them at 17 years old as you reach adulthood is truly life-changing.

"It is excellent to see the racing community uniting behind this page to help Billy get the support he needs to make his recovery.”

To visit the JustGiving page or to donate, click here.

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