Billy Monger maintains he isn’t the ‘inspiration’ in his remarkable story of recovery following life-changing injuries in a racing accident in April, insisting it is the ‘people coming together’ to support him that is more significant.
Having revealed he plans to return to racing with a one-off appearance in the V de V Championship at Estoril in November, Monger hit the track for the first time this week in a special test with Team BRIT, which helps disabled and injured servicemen compete in motorsport.
“It’s been really good just to get back behind the wheel,” he told the BBC. “Team BRIT have got two steering wheels for me to try out today. I’ve decided which one I prefer, now it’s just about perfecting the technique.”
Though his story has resonated across motorsport, with the #billywhizz hashtag and sticker appearing on everything from F1 cars at Monaco to sportscars at Le Mans, Monger says it is the way the motorsport community and more came together to support him that sticks with him more than his own accomplishments.
“People keep saying I’m the inspiration but I think all these people coming together to support someone who has gone through an accident like this, they’re the true inspiration.