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Teenage racing driver honoured with Pride of Sport award

Billy Monger with Lewis Hamilton Photo: PA

The determination of a promising teenage racing driver who lost his lower legs in a crash will be recognised at this evening's Pride of Sport Awards in London. Billy Monger, 18, will be among a group of inspiring winners for the event at the Grosvenor House Hotel which honours the achievements of people who devote their time to grassroots sport.

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F4 driver Billy, from Charlwood in Surrey, was injured while racing at Donnington Park in April. He was trapped for 90 minutes after colliding with another car at high speed and later had to have both of his lower legs amputated. Despite his life-changing injuries, the 18 year old has spoken of his desire to keep racing.

I don't want my injuries to be a negative thing around the paddock. I want people to see it as a positive as the Motorsport community comes together. It's going to be a long process but I want to make it as quick as possible.

– Billy Monger

Following the crash, the Motorsport community, including Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, rallied to support Billy and a crowdfunding page has since raised over £840,000 to help him return to a full and active life.

Supporters used #BillyWhizz to help Billy's return to racing Credit: PA

On his Pride of Sport achievement, Billy told the Daily Mirror that it was a huge honour to receive the award but he has a long road ahead. The ceremony takes place this evening.