The 18-year-old double amputee drove an F3 car in a test at Oulton Park.

Billy Monger has moved closer to his goal of a racing comeback and proven that his rehabilitation is effective, testing a Formula 3 racing car this week.

The 18-year-old racing driver lost both his legs in a horror smash at Donington Park last April tested the F3 car with race team Carlin in Oulton Park. 'Didn’t think this would be possible a few months ago. Long way to go but the goal is getting closer,' Monger wrote on Twitter following a successful drive of the car, which is powered by a 2-litre four-cylinder engine. His car was adapted with special controls that enabled him to accelerate and brake using his hands.

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Monger has already stated that his personal goal is to make a comeback in single-seater racing cars, and he also plans to enter the Le Mans 24-hour race in 2020, backed by French racing driver Frederic Sausset, who aims to field a team of disabled drivers in the iconic endurance race. 

After his accident in Donington Park last April, Monger lay in a coma for several days, but then fought his way back to life and the race track. In 2017 he was awarded a prize for 'Best Sporting Moment Of The Year' by the Laureus Foundation for his determination. His most recent high-profile drive was as a stunt driver in Autosport International's live arena show at the NEC in January, 

It is not yet clear whether Monger will have a race seat for 2018. In a recent interview with Sky News, he stated his determination to make it to the top tier of racing: 'My focus is on driving in Formula 3 next season. We're working on finding a budget for it. In the long run, I want to make it to Formula 1.'


Gallery: Billy Monger tests an F3 car