The whole British Motorsport world is thinking about Billy Monger this weekend after his terrible crash at Donnington last Sunday. Alongside the terrible concern about Billy and his future we have been so proud of the motorsport world and how it has reacted to support the family.
The crash itself has been well covered via many YouTube videos and the ITV footage. It seems as though Billy has the back of an almost stationary Patrik Pasma with devastating effects. The impact was nothing short of huge and despite the awful injuries suffered by Billy it was great to see the main safety structures around his head and torso did their job. Anytime a driver suffers that kind of crash the risk of more serious injuries or death are very real as we have seen all too recently.
After around 100 minutes in the car Billy was carefully removed from the wreckage after Pasma had already been taken to the medical centre. He was flown to Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham where sadly he lost both of his lower legs. Every effort was made by the medical team but neither limb could be saved. There is no further news on Pasma but by all accounts he is in considerably better shape. According to Monger’s family he is doing as well as can be expected, he has been able to communicate and has had the breathing tubes removed.
The support shown by the motorsport world has been amazing. Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton have both been showing their support on social media and financially. With the help of everyone in the community the fundraising page created has already raised a staggering £653,214. This money will be turned into a trust which will help Billy move towards regaining an active and happy life. Many people are suggesting he will still play a strong role in racing. Nicolas Hamilton, who races despite suffering from cerebral palsy, is very keen to speak with Billy and help him on his journey back into racing.
We would like to encourage all of our customers to donate if they can to help this talented young man rebuild his life just as he is becoming an adult. These injuries would be devastating to anyone but at 17 years old there is no doubt they will be a huge challenge.
The team at FEV want to wish both Billy and his family all the best and we are looking forward to hearing about Billy’s recovery.
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