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Sport Amputee driver Billy Monger to feature in Extreme E racing series

15:45  19 november  2019
15:45  19 november  2019 Source:   uk.sports.yahoo.com

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  Amputee driver Billy Monger to feature in Extreme E racing series

Amputee racer Billy Monger has been named as one of the latest competitors set to feature in the upcoming Extreme E championship.

The competition scheduled for 2021 is an environment-focused racing series, something which Monger is passionate about.

The driver underwent a double-leg amputation when he was 17 as a result of serious injuries sustained in a Formula 4 crash. The racer, nicknamed ‘Billy Whizz’, collided at 120mph into another driver who had stopped on the track at Donington Park in 2017.

The Extreme E championship is the sister series to Formula E and will consist of 12 teams racing in fully electric SUVs on off-road tracks. The races, which will take place across five remote locations around the world, are designed to highlight the effects of climate change.

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a person sitting on a motorcycle: NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 08: Billy Monger of Great Britain and Carlin Motorsport prepares for race 2 of the Euroformula Open Series race at Silverstone Circuit on September 08, 2019 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images) © Provided by Oath Inc. NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 08: Billy Monger of Great Britain and Carlin Motorsport prepares for race 2 of the Euroformula Open Series race at Silverstone Circuit on September 08, 2019 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

“Fighting climate change is incredibly important,” said 20-year-old Monger. “Everything we do now will affect future generations. It's definitely a responsibility, and one that I can't and won't just ignore.”

At each site there will be a team of environmental experts from Cambridge University studying the effects of climate change in each environment.

The series will start in Greenland and move onto locations including the Amazon Rainforest, the Nepalese Himalayas and the Saudi Arabian desert. One further region is also due to be announced.

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Monger will compete in the first series of the Extreme E championship alongside Chris Ingham and Jamie Chadwick who have won the European Rally and W Series respectively.

a person driving a car: Carlin Motorsports Billy Monger during Race 1 of the Euroformula Open at Silverstone, Towcester. (Photo by David Davies/PA Images via Getty Images) © Provided by Oath Inc. Carlin Motorsports Billy Monger during Race 1 of the Euroformula Open at Silverstone, Towcester. (Photo by David Davies/PA Images via Getty Images)

Ex-Formula 1 driver Karun Chandhok and Sam Sunderland, the first British Dakar Rally champion, will also race in 2021, joined by Formula E competitors Jerome d'Ambrosio, Daniel Abt and Oliver Turvey.

“Knowing that the Extreme E legacy program is going to mean we leave the locations in a better place than we’ve found them is a massive draw too,” said Monger. “It’s something that I would be really proud to be involved with.”

Surrey-born Monger made his return to racing earlier this year after competing in the Euroformula series in a specially modified hand-controlled car.

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A teenage racing driver who had both legs amputated after a high-speed crash at Donington Park has said he is looking forward to racing there again. Billy Monger , 19, from Charlwood, Surrey, hit the back of a stationary car at the Leicestershire track, in April 2017.

Image caption Billy Monger celebrated his 18th birthday in hospital on Friday. A teenage Formula 4 driver who had to have both legs amputated after a high Kirsty Measures, a staff nurse who treated the young racer , said: "When Billy first came in he was quite unwell he struggled to get to grips with

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