A host of current Formula E stars and Billy Monger will take part in a charity electric karting race organised by Jean-Eric Vergne to raise awareness and funds for disabled aspiring racing drivers.
The event will take place on April 25th at the RKC karting track outside of Paris, ahead of the all-electric race in the French capital.
It has support from the FIA Disability and Accessibility Commission and its president Nathalie McGloin.
Monger, who lost his legs at a Formula 4 race in 2017 and is now racing in BRDC Formula 3, will use a specially modified kart for the event. He will race against other FE drivers and will champion the event’s charity Spinal Track, which helps disabled drivers compete again in racing.
“I’d love to give back to the motorsport community and this is a great way to do this,” he said.
“It’ll be a great experience for me, as I plan the next stage of my career to instruct other racing drivers in single-seaters and saloon cars – once I have my ARDS instructors licence.”
Monger is a supporter of McGloin’s Spinal Track charity that aims to get disabled drivers into racing, and the funds raised from the event will be donated to the organisation.
“Less than 12 months after his crash, Billy returned to single-seater racing using a specially-adapted car and finished third on his first race back,” said Vergne.
“This outstanding news proved to us all that no one should ever give up on his or her dream – and that if we all stand and work together we can make a difference.
“We make the impossible possible and we can motivate others to follow the same path.
“Billy will come and race with us at RKC – my karting track on the outskirts of Paris – for the #BillyWhizz charity kart race on April 25.
“I’d also like to give special thanks to SODIKART, who has built 25 electric karts for this occasion.”
Formula E founder and CEO Alejandro Agag added: “It’s fantastic to see Billy will be joining us in Paris – I think he’ll give our drivers a hard time on track!
I’d also like to thank Jean-Eric Vergne for putting the race together and helping to raise funds as a collective group for such a great cause.”
The funds raised will be donated to the charity Spinal Track, which gives disabled drivers an avenue back into racing.
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