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Monger Included in Latest Driver Program Batch

Billy Monger, Daniel Abt, Sam Sunderland join Extreme E’s growing driver program roster…

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Billy Monger, Daniel Abt and Dakar Rally winner Sam Sunderland have been confirmed as part of the latest dozen additions to the Extreme E driver program.

Monger, who lost his legs in a Formula 4 accident two years ago, will aim to secure a spot on the entry list for the electric off-road series which is due to start in 2021.

The competition will take place in harsh environments affected by climate change, such as the Himalayas and the Amazon rainforest.

20-year-old Monger made a quick return to racing following his accident and has gone on to compete in two full seasons of junior single-seater racing.

“Fighting climate change is incredibly important,” said the 2019 Pau Grand Prix winner.

“Everything we do now will affect future generations. It’s definitely a responsibility and one that I can’t and won’t just ignore.

“Bringing attention to the impacts of human interference on these places to people who might not otherwise see it is an interesting concept – and the fact that people can learn about it whilst watching racing is really cool too.”

Joining Monger in the latest batch of driver program inductees is former superbike racer Takuma Aoki, who was paralyzed from the waist down following an accident in 1998.

Aoki has recently been involved with the sports car team directed by 24 Hours of Le Mans racer and quadruple amputee and Frederic Sausset.

From the Formula E paddock, Audi’s Daniel Abt, NIO 333 driver Oliver Turvey and Mahindra’s Jerome d’Ambrosio have all signed up to the Extreme E scheme.

Other competitors added to the now 25-strong group of prospective drivers include: Sam Sunderland (off-road bikes), James Rossiter (Super GT), Chris Ingram (European Rally champion), Krisztian Szabo (WRX), Zoltán Bessenyey (rally) and ex-Formula 1 driver Karun Chandhok.

Following the announcement of the new batch, Extreme E founder Alejandro Agag said it was “very exciting” to see competitors from different disciplines expressing interest in the series.

“Any motor racing championship, and in-fact any new sporting proposition, needs to provide compelling, high-quality competition and what we have so far achieved with Extreme E is vindicated by those that have signed up to be a part of our drivers’ program,” said Agag.

“Aside from talking about their will to win, each of the drivers we have spoken to has shown a sincere and genuine will to immerse themselves in using the championship’s platform to make their own positive impact.

“They all have a story to tell and a real personal investment in trying to generate change and drive sustainability.”

The drivers’ program already includes Sebastien Ogier, Andreas Bakkerud, Kevin Hansen, Timmy Hansen, Jamie Chadwick, Timo Scheider, Lucas di Grassi, Katherine Legge, Bruno Senna, Andre Lotterer, Nelson Piquet Jr, Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky and Sacha Prost.

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365 and e-racing365, with a focus on the FIA World Endurance Championship and various electric racing series.

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