Watch: a professional drifter drives with his feet after losing both of his arms in a motorcycle accident
- Bartek Ostalowski is a Polish professional drifter with a unique skill.
- After losing both his arms in a motorcycle accident, Bartek learned to drive with the use of only his feet.
- Using a specially modified Nissan Skyline, he competes in professional drifting competitions.
While most recognise drifting as a driving technique performed by only the most skillful motorists, over the past three decades it's quickly become one of the most popular competitive motorsports worldwide.
Organised competitions are judge-based, with participants receiving points for style, speed, execution, and more.
One of the most famous rising young stars in the sport today is Polish driver Bartek Ostalowski.
Unlike his fellow competitors, Bartek operates his car using his feet. After losing both his arms in a motorcycle accident at the age of 20, the up-and-coming racer persevered to continue his pursuit of a career in motorsports.
“After my accident, I was looking for a solution. I asked myself, if I wanted to race again what would I need to do? I heard about someone in Poland who, like me, had no arms, but he drove a car on a daily basis with no problem. After meeting him, my dream and passion for motorsports was alive and strong, and I made the decision to return to racing one day,” said Ostalowski.
Bartek went on to learn to drive with his feet alone, eventually becoming the first driver with no arms to earn his international racing licence.
It was then that he decided to turn his career up a notch. By using a specially modified Nissan Skyline, he found success in the sport of drifting.
Bartek has racked up a list of accomplishments in the sport, most recently finishing in 9th place out of 50 drivers in the Polish Drift Championship, one of the most competitive championship series in all of Europe. The previous year he triumphed at Germany's EuroSpeedway Lausitz, winning the international Czech Drift Series.
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