Monger claims dream podium
Billy Monger took a stunning podium finish for Carlin, on his return to racing after his British F4 life-changing accident less than 12 months ago. The 18-year-old Brit claimed the third position on his debut in the BRDC British F3 Championship in the season opener at Oulton Park.
Monger started fifth, kept his nose clean on the opening lap and then avoided the clash between Krishnaraaj Mahadik and polesitter Clement Novalak to climb to third. Although not quite able to match the pace of Linus Lundqvist and Nicolai Kjaergaard, he was never seriously threatened from behind, with Tom Gamble in fourth not quite able to put him under massive pressure. Monger held a second advantage over his nearest rival for the majority of the race, and when Gamble did reduce the margin, Monger was quickly able to restore his advantage. Double R Racing’s Lundqvist won the race ahead of Monger’s team mate Kjaergaard.
“If someone had told me in the middle of last year that I would be on the third step of the podium in the first race of the 2018 season I would have thought they were lying!”, Monger said, “A big thanks to the boys in blue for helping me get here. To finish on the podium in my first race is just amazing. I can’t wait to see what more we can do. I know we will get better and better.”