MOTORSPORT fans have watched in horror as they witnessed a terrifying crash on live TV during Britain’s Formula 4 championship.
The incident occurred as part of The British Touring Car Championship event at the Donington Park Circuit.
British Formula 4 driver Billy Monger crashed into Finnish driver Patrik Pasma at high speed, and the extent of the violent collision was magnified as broadcasters were showing an on-board shot of Monger as the incident occurred.
Footage of the incident shows Pasma slowing dramatically, before Monger, unsighted, smashes into the back of his vehicle.
WARNING: Viewers are advised that the following video may be distressing to some.
— Marc MacDonald (@MarcMacDonald7) April 16, 2017
Monger’s car spears into Pasma, leaving damage strewn across the Donington Park circuit.
An air ambulance was called in, as medical staff immediately raced to the aid of both drivers, and circuit officials red-flagged the race.
Pasma was taken to the on-site medical facility and amazingly was OK, with injuries only superficial in nature.
Monger remained trapped in the vehicle for almost an hour after the crash, but broadcasters did inform viewers that they had received word that he remained conscious.
Several fans took to social media having watched the terrifying incident occur.
Just seen footage of the #f4 crash involving Billy Monger. It’s appalling. I really hope he’s ok. Shocking in car camera view
— Stacey Gaughan (@Gawni) April 16, 2017
— JC (@jamiecaroline7) April 16, 2017
My god that F4 crash was horrendous. Thoughts and prayers are with @BillyMonger and his family
— Megan Cantle (@megancantle99) April 16, 2017
Monger is one of the emerging talents on the British Motorsport scene and is just 17-years-old.
He currently sits in fifth place in the driver’s standings in the 2017 championship, with Patrik Pasma in second place. Monger also currently leads the Challenge Cup standings for young drivers in the category.
The youngster hailing from Surrey goes by the nickname of “Billy the Wiz” and had high goals for the 2017 season.
“Whatever the category I have won races and for 2017 it is my time to become the British F4 champion,” Monger writes on his team’s Facebook page.
“I strive for the win in everything I do. This is the only goal in my mind, to be the best ever.”
Everything crossed for Billy Monger… that’s one of the worst accidents I have seen in a long time. Hoping for good news.
— Lloyd Eveleigh (@Dayglow25) April 16, 2017
Praying that @BillyMonger is ok after that horrific crash 🙏
— Joanne Robbins (@Joanne42) April 16, 2017
SOURCE: newsnow sport