Three months ago, 18 year old British Formula 4 driver Billy Monger lost his lower legs in one of the worst accidents open wheel racing has seen this decade, or ever. He has now announced he will be making his racing return in a specially prepared car for the VdeV season finale at Estoril in November.
The news was announced in a press conference this weekend announcing the formation of La Filliere Frederic Sausset, an academy for disabled drivers whoose aim is to have a team in Le Mans 2020 exclusively composed of disabled drivers.
Sausset, the creator and founder, is himself a quadruple amputee and made his Le Mans debut last year. He will be joined by Christophe Christophe Tinseau and Billy Monger in Estoril this November.
Monger has already begun physical preparations for the event with the aim of being in the best physical shape possible.
He has already been in the Carlin Formula 3 simulator recently and begun adapting to the use of hand controls.
Billy is the first announced driver for the academy with selection programmes expected to occur throughout the summer and autumn in time for racing in early 2018 in (most likely) GT3.
The plan is, according to Sausset, to eventually have a team with multiple classes exclusively composed of disabled drivers and to have a sustainable team.
Sausset will not race in the team but take up a managerial role. Plans for the team are still going whilst discussions with sponsors and manufacturers continue. It’s still too soon to say if they will compete in GT or Prototype Prototype cars.
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