Teen race car star who lost legs in horrific crash gearing up to drive again

Against all expectations from his doctors a British 18-year-old Formula 4 racing star is set to be driving in front of crowds again, despite having both legs amputated beneath the knee.

Billy Monger, known affectionately among the racing community as "Billy Whizz", was involved in a horrific crash during a Formula 4 race at Donington Park in England last April.

The crash was so bad he had to have both legs amputated below the knee, leading doctors to believe he would never be able to race again.

However, Monger has defied the odds and will drive this week at an exhibition in Birmingham.

He aims to return to competitive racing next season and his ultimate goal is to one day get into Formula 1.


'It's very emotional to see my name there' - Brendon Hartley has street close to childhood racecourse named after him

Kiwi driver Brendon Hartley has had his whirlwind motor racing career recognised back where it all began, after having a street named in his honour close to the circuit he raced on growing up.

The Palmerston North born and raised driver had his sensational year capped off in his backyard, with the throughfare to Manfeild renamed Brendon Hartley Drive in his honour.

"I'm very honoured and it's very emotional to see my name there - my earliest childhood memories are here at Manfeild, watching my dad race and I had my very first race here," Hartley said.

"I left home at 16 so I've spent more than a third of my life away, but my feet are still on the ground and Manawatu will always be home. I'm very proud of that. I've learned so much over the last few years but it all started here."

The road naming was driven by the Manawatu Car Club, of which the 28-year-old is a member, and was readily sanctioned by Manfeild Park Trust.

Club president Richie Arber said it just seemed right.

"This is the best way to recognise a young man who has achieved some incredible results and is now elevated to a category he dreamed of since he was a kid."

The main thoroughfare into the Palmerston North-born Formula One driver’s home circuit, Manfeild, is now Brendon Hartley Drive. Source: Supplied



Watch: Kiwi Midget car goes flying, catapults dangerously close to top of Western Springs safety barriers in wild crash

Auckland driver Hayden Williams went from midget car driver to pilot in a matter of seconds during a race in the International Test at Western Springs yesterday after his car went completely airborne.

Williams was last in the race when he caught the tire of another car in the opening moments of the 30 Lap Midget Feature in yesterday's event.

As a result, his car was catapulted towards the safety barriers which it flew up and nearly vaulted before crashing back to earth.

The race had to be red-flagged as a result while repairs were made to the fence.

Williams said after walking away from the crash he was okay.

"The body's a little bit sore," he said.

"I'm not quite sure what happened."

Racing had to eventually be abandoned due to the track becoming too slick from the poor Boxing Day weather that blighted most of the country.

Hayden Williams went from driver to pilot in a matter of seconds at the Western Springs International Test. Source: Supplied