Sports Personality of the Year: Billy Monger wins Helen Rollason Award

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BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2018
Date: Sunday, 16 December Time: 19:00 GMT Venue: Genting Arena, Birmingham Coverage: BBC One, Radio 5 live, BBC Sport website

British racing driver Billy Monger has been honoured with the Helen Rollason Award at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year show.

Monger, 19, had both his legs amputated following a crash during a Formula 4 race at Donington Park in April 2017.

He returned to racing in March 2018 - less than a year after the accident - at the British Formula 3 Championship.

'Billy Whizz' then claimed his maiden British F3 pole position on his return to Donington Park in September.

He was presented with his award by his hero, five-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton, surrounded by his family, team and the Donington Park marshals, doctors and nurses who helped to save his life.

"I have to say a massive thank you to my doctors and surgeons because without them I might not be here today," Monger said.

"It's a real honour to share the stage with them because they saved my life.

"I set my targets quite high after my accident to get back racing and without everyone at Carlin Motorsport I wouldn't have been able to achieve my dream.

"Motorsport is a team sport. Their belief in me more than anything allowed me to achieve this."

The Helen Rollason award recognises outstanding achievement in the face of adversity and was introduced to the show in 1999 in memory of BBC Sport journalist and presenter Helen Rollason MBE, who lost her battle with cancer during that year at the age of 43.

Previous winners of the award include Hillsborough disaster campaigner Anne Williams, charity marathon runner Ben Smith and last year's winner Bradley Lowery, whose parents accepted the award posthumously.

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'I was happy to be alive' - Billy Monger wins Helen Rollason award

On his return to racing in March, Monger became the first disabled driver to race a single-seater car.

He and his family had successfully appealed to the sport's international governing body, the FIA, to change its regulations restricting disabled drivers.

He finished sixth overall at the 2018 British F3 Championship, taking two pole positions and three podiums.

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