Billy Monger becomes youngest recipient of Segrave Trophy
This week (31 July) the Royal Automobile Club awarded the prestigious Segrave Trophy to double amputee racing driver Billy Monger. Acknowledging the young man’s remarkable return to racing after an horrific accident, the citation for the award reads; ‘for demonstrating exceptional courage and determination after great adversity and returning to high levels of motorsport.’
Upon receiving the Trophy, Billy said: ‘My life has become so busy with my Formula 1 commentary and my own racing I haven’t had a chance to digest how amazing this award is. But I stayed at Pall Mall last night and it’s starting to sink in just how incredible it is. I’m super proud.’
The Club also awarded Trevor Carlin of Carlin Motorsport the Segrave Medal in recognition of the fundamental role that he has played on Billy’s journey back to motorsport. The Segrave Medal, presented at the Club’s discretion, is only awarded in conjunction with the trophy when the Committee feels it’s justified. It was last awarded in 2014 to Dr Wolfgang Ullrich, Audi’s Head of Motorsport and team drivers Tom Kristensen and Loïc Duval for their contribution to Allan McNish’s dramatic victories at Le Mans 24 Hours and the FIA World Endurance Championship.
Upon receiving the Segrave Medal, and commenting on Billy’s remarkable achievement, Trevor Carlin said ‘I’m delighted to be included on such a staggering list of legends. In a hundred years’ time when people look back and hear Billy’s story, they will say how on earth did he ever manage that – I’m overjoyed to be a part of that story.’