Billy Monger never thought podium was possible on racing return

Billy Monger says he never imagined a top-three finish on his BRDC British F3 debut was possible and reckons he will only get "better and better" off the back of his podium

Billy Monger never thought podium was possible on racing return

The 18-year-old started fifth in the season-opener at Oulton Park and capitalised on a collision between polesitter and Carlin team-mate Clement Novalak and Double R Racing driver Krish Mahadik on the opening lap at the Hislops chicane.

Monger, who suffered a double leg amputation after a British Formula 4 crash at Donington Park last year, then circulated in third for the remainder of the race, holding off 2017 Ginetta Junior champion Tom Gamble (Fortec Motorsports) to take an emotional podium.

"If you told me I was going to be on the podium on my first race back I would have told you you were lying," said Monger.

"Even at the start of pre-season testing [if you told me] because we still had a lot of work to do, it's really been a process.

"We're getting better and better every time [we hit the track] and that's probably what I'm most excited about, I'm getting more comfortable in the car with the controls every time I go out.

"So to be third so early on in the season, qualifying in the top five for the start of the year that just really fills me with confidence that come the middle of the season, towards the end of the season, we should really be aiming for podiums every race."

Monger admitted he felt like "a rabbit in the headlights" for the opening laps of the race having not driven competitively for almost a year.

And although he has only committed to the opening round of British F3, Monger has made it clear that he wishes to compete in the remainder of the season.

"I would love to have a shot at the title and a full season is where me and the team want this to go," added Monger.

"All I can do up until that point is just push myself as much as I can, learn as much as I can early on like I am now and if that transpires me turning into a race winner soon then that's great."

shares
comments
Billy Monger takes podium on racing return at BRDC British F3 opener

Previous article

Billy Monger takes podium on racing return at BRDC British F3 opener

Next article

MSA chief executive Rob Jones steps down from role

MSA chief executive Rob Jones steps down from role
Load comments

About this article

Series National
Author Stefan Mackley
How the GT Cup is thriving despite the pandemic Plus

How the GT Cup is thriving despite the pandemic

The GT Cup has attracted a stunning array of drivers and machinery for its opening event at Donington Park this weekend. The fact we're in the middle of a pandemic makes that entry all the more remarkable, but there's plenty of reasons why the series is proving popular

National
Apr 9, 2021
What Autosport’s looking forward to in national motorsport this year Plus

What Autosport’s looking forward to in national motorsport this year

With COVID-19 restrictions gradually being lifted and national motorsport finally returning this weekend, focus and anticipation has switched to the year ahead. Here are Autosport's picks for what should be some of the best events and rivalries of 2021

National
Apr 3, 2021
How 2020's newest national series and championships fared Plus

How 2020's newest national series and championships fared

To the credit of organisers, some new national UK series and championships were still able to successfully launch last year, even with the world in the grip of a pandemic. Here's how Autosport has ranked them

National
Feb 14, 2021
The new national series and championships in 2021 Plus

The new national series and championships in 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic may still mean there is uncertainty across the globe, but that hasn't stopped new series and championships from being introduced into UK motorsport this season. Autosport takes a look at the newest additions

National
Feb 10, 2021
The verdict on how COVID impacted club racing in 2020 Plus

The verdict on how COVID impacted club racing in 2020

It was a season like no other but, despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, there were some positives on the club motorsport scene last year as entry numbers largely remained stable, while some series boasted impressive growth

National
Feb 7, 2021
How a Porsche King became 2020's breakout star Plus

How a Porsche King became 2020's breakout star

Few drivers in 2020 could lay claim to a season as exceptional as Porsche Carrera Cup GB champion Harry King. Beating the British Touring Car Championship's best to win Autosport's National Driver of the Year was the ideal recognition of his feat

National
Feb 1, 2021
The Formula Vee maverick who has reached the top Plus

The Formula Vee maverick who has reached the top

For a second consecutive year, a self-built machine has won the Formula Vee championship. But James Harridge's 'Maverick' comes from the very humblest of origins - with some parts even salvaged from a skip

National
Jan 24, 2021
The greatest club racing characters Plus

The greatest club racing characters

From legendary drinking habits to dramatic driving styles, there has been no shortage of cult-hero figures over the past 70 years in national motorsport. Here's an extended version of the original list that appeared in Autosport's 70th anniversary bookazine

National
Jan 5, 2021