It was a wonderful and really inspiring event and at the end, Billy Monger was on the podium! The rising Formula 3 star was one of the participants in a karting race organised by Jean-Eric Vergne. The event had the support of the newly-established FIA Disability and Accessibility Commission and its President Nathalie McGloin. It raised funds for the charity Spinal Track.
“I know how much I get from driving on the track, so I wanted to offer that to other people”, McGloin explained.
“When I had my accident, I didn’t know if I’d be able to drive again, let alone race with the Formula E grid. I know how important motorsport has been in my rehabilitation. Not only on the circuit but also off the track, keeping me motivated and stimulated. I think it can help a lot of people. I’m just working my way up the categories but Formula E is obviously something I’m interested in – we’ll have to wait and see!”, said Monger, who lost both of his legs last year in an accident.
It was a wonderful and really inspiring event and at the end, Billy Monger was on the podium!
Vergne added it was great for all the participants to be together.
“It was the first time we’ve had electric karts on the track. Formula E is setting an example for the future of motorsport and soon that will come to karting. We’re proving that we’re able to do a karting race with top Formula E drivers”, added the driver who also celebrated his 28th birthday on the day of the event.
Fun birthday spent racing with @BillyMonger & friends in aid of @spinal_track! Thank you to everyone who came, supported and donated to the cause ?? #BillyWhizz #ABBFormulaE #SpinalTrack pic.twitter.com/eP0Tb0hv3h
— Jean-Eric Vergne (@JeanEricVergne) April 25, 2018
“It’s good training for Saturday”, said Felix Rosenqvist before congratulating Maro Engel, whose team took home the first place prize with Antonio da Felix Costa and his team in second, followed by Monger’s team just making it onto the podium in third.
Fantastic result at the @JeanEricVergne electric kart race this afternoon. @BillyMonger ‘s team made it on to the podium and @MaroEngel ‘s team won. All money raised will go to Spinal Track. ? pic.twitter.com/PA7m8AF3Uw
— Spinal Track (@spinal_track) April 25, 2018