Billy Monger celebrates first GP win two years after double leg amputation

Tom Homewood
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Billy Monger speaks in the paddock ahead of the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 14, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia (Photo by Morgan Hancock/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Billy Monger celebrated his first victory since having both legs amputated following a crash two years ago.

Monger, who was the first disabled driver to race a single-seater car, overtook nearly the whole grid to win the Grand Prix de Pau.

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The 20-year-old, whose legs were amputated following a crash during a British F4 race at Donington Park two years ago, took his first win with his Carlin team in the Euroformula Open race in France.

Monger, whose car is specially adapted, qualified in 11th place on slick tyres, but headed into the pits at the end of the warm-up lap to switch to wet-weather tyres.

And the gamble paid off as he cut through the field, taking the lead when Motopark drivers Julian Hanses and Liam Lawson clashed, and not relinquishing it.

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