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Billy Monger scores two poles and a podium in Donington return

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British teenager Billy Monger, who lost both of his legs in a savage crash at Donington Park last year, returned to the facility in a triple-header for the BRDC British Formula 3 Championship over the weekend.

And Monger, who competes with Carlin Racing in British F3, made quite the return. In the three races, he scored a pair of poles, his maiden pole positions in British F3, and finished fourth in the opening race of the weekend.

Although an unscheduled pit stop for a new front wing dropped him to 15th at the end of Race 2, he rebounded in Race 3 to finish third, a podium result at the track where he suffered the gruesome leg injuries.

“It’s great to be on the podium,” said Monger, in a story posted on BBC Sport, following Race 3. “This weekend I’ve had nothing else on my mind aside from driving as fast as I can and I think I’ve proved that with two pole positions and the speed I have carried throughout testing and the weekend.”

Monger added, “Earlier in the season my mentality was slightly clouded as I had no idea what to aim for, so getting podiums was an amazing achievement.”

However, Monger felt that race wins were left on the table, and that mistakes he made ultimately cost him a chance to fight for victories over the weekend.

“It’s been a tough weekend in terms of results for me, though,” he said in a statement posted on Carlin’s twitter page. “Mistakes I’ve made have cost us two wins this weekend, but it’s good to at least get a podium.”

Carlin, however, offered support for Monger, as highlighted in the aforementioned statement (shown below in full).

Monger currently ranks sixth in the British F3 championship.


Andretti United team names drivers for inaugural Extreme E season

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The Extreme E team formed by Andretti Autosport and United Autosports named Catie Munnings and Timmy Hansen as its drivers Monday for the series’ inaugural 2021 season.

Munnings is a successful veteran of rally series. Hansen is a past winner and champion in the World Rallycross Championship.

They both will race in the environmentally conscious electric SUV series that will hold events in five areas around the world that are threatened by climate change. Chip Ganassi Racing and six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton also are fielding cars in Extreme E, which will feature male and female co-drivers on every team.

Catie Munnings

“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.

“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”

Timmy Hansen

Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something

we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”