Fund­ing still needed for re­main­der of Bri­tish f3 cam­paign

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Billy Monger is con­tin­u­ing to try and find fund­ing to con­test a full sea­son of BRDC Bri­tish F3 af­ter rac­ing in the open­ing round at Oul­ton Park last week­end.

The 18-year-old took a third-place fin­ish with Car­lin in his first com­pet­i­tive race back since his Bri­tish For­mula 4 crash at Don­ing­ton Park last year led to a dou­ble leg am­pu­ta­tion.

He fol­lowed that up with ninth and fastest lap in race two and eighth in race three, but has yet to con­firm he will com­pete in the whole sea­son.

“I’m a lit­tle bit in dis­be­lief, if you had said last year that race one of this sea­son I’d be po­si­tion three in Bri­tish F3 I would have told you you were ly­ing,” said Monger.

“It’s a bit over­whelm­ing, es­pe­cially to see all the sup­port stand­ing on the podium, to look around and see all the faces that I know had put in the hours and worked hard.

“I would love to have a shot at the ti­tle and a full sea­son is where me and the team want this to go and all I can do up un­til that point is just push my­self, learn as much as I can like I am now and if that tran­spires me turn­ing into a race win­ner soon then that’s great.”

It’s un­der­stood that long-term spon­sors are be­ing sought by Monger and Car­lin to sup­port the teenager not only this year but go­ing for­ward in his ca­reer.

Team boss Trevor Car­lin said: “There’s a limit to the re­sources we have got, so far we have done this [fund­ing] our­selves.

“He’s had some sup­port from Baylis & Hard­ing and we have had sup­port from a cou­ple of trade sup­pli­ers but the bulk of it has come from us.

“We have done it be­cause we hope a few other peo­ple come in and help us and Billy.

“The aim is for him to be­come a pro­fes­sional rac­ing driver but the next step is look­ing for long-term sup­port for him and, based on his per­for­mances this week­end he ab­so­lutely de­serves it.

“He re­pays us ev­ery time he comes into the work­shop with his smile.”

Third-place on rac­ing re­turn for Monger

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