Billy Monger takes maiden British F3 pole on Donington Park return

Billy Monger scored his maiden BRDC British Formula 3 Championship pole position on his first race meeting at Donington Park since his life-changing accident last year

Billy Monger takes maiden British F3 pole on Donington Park return

Monger will race at Donington for the first time this weekend since his horrific crash in a British Formula 4 race in April last year, which required both of his legs to be amputated.

The Carlin driver was near the top of the time sheets throughout the 20-minute qualifying session and secured pole for race one - which will take place later on Saturday - with just over a minute remaining.

Monger set two times that were good enough for pole, and his eventual best of 1m24.769s was enough to land top spot by 0.173 seconds from team-mate Nicolai Kjaergaard.

"[In] all the dry testing we have done beforehand, the car has felt really good and we've just been quick from the start," Monger told Autosport.

"Donington Park is one of my favourite circuits and although it's weird coming back here with what happened I've always enjoyed the circuit.

"I did two laps that were good enough for pole and I have to thank everyone from Carlin for the car.

"We're quick in the wet or dry and I'm starting in the best place possible.

"The start is going to be important as following people around here can be difficult."

The 19-year-old has already claimed two podiums this season - at Oulton Park in his first race since his crash and at Spa Francorchamps in July - but has not yet won a race.

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