World’s first armless racing driver

This incredible Polish petrol head is aiming to become drifting King of Europe – despite having lost both his arms.

A horrific accident nine years ago meant Bartek Ostalowski, now 29, had to have both his arms amputated.

It was a devastating time for the young man, who had given everything up until that point to become a racing driver.

But instead of staying down, Bartek set his mind to the task of learning to race using only his feet.

PIC BY MIKOLAJ MIKOLAJCZJK/BARTOSZ OSTALOWSKI/CATERS NEWS - (PICTURED: Bartek Ostalowski poses for a photo in his racing car.) - This incredible Polish petrol head is aiming to become drifting King of Europe despite having lost both his arms. A horrific accident nine years ago meant Bartek Ostalowski, now 29, had to have both his arms amputated. It was a devastating time for the young man, who had given everything up until that point to become a racing driver. But instead of staying down, Bartek set his mind to the task of learning to race using only his feet. After three tough years, he finally became the first person with no arms ever to gain a full international racing licence. SEE CATERS COPY.

PIC BY MIKOLAJ MIKOLAJCZJK/BARTOSZ OSTALOWSKI/CATERS NEWS – Bartek Ostalowski poses for a photo in his racing car.

PIC BY BARTOSZ OSTALOWSKI/CATERS NEWS - (PICTURED: Bartek Ostalowski drives his racing car.) - This incredible Polish petrol head is aiming to become drifting King of Europe despite having lost both his arms. A horrific accident nine years ago meant Bartek Ostalowski, now 29, had to have both his arms amputated. It was a devastating time for the young man, who had given everything up until that point to become a racing driver. But instead of staying down, Bartek set his mind to the task of learning to race using only his feet. After three tough years, he finally became the first person with no arms ever to gain a full international racing licence. SEE CATERS COPY.

PIC BY BARTOSZ OSTALOWSKI/CATERS NEWS – Bartek Ostalowski drives his racing car.

After three tough years, he finally became the first person with no arms ever to gain a full international racing licence.

As a fully-fledged racer, Bartek has competed in the European Championship of Rally Cross and the Cup of Poland.

Having exceeded all his expectations on racing, even topping his class in rounds of the Cup of Poland, he decided to shift his career into another gear and enter the world of drifting.

The sport, which requires rapid gear changes and repetitive handbrake use to slide the car round a track, presents enormous challenges
for the Pole.

PIC BY MIKOLAJ MIKOLAJCZJK/BARTOSZ OSTALOWSKI/CATERS NEWS - (PICTURED: Bartek Ostalowski poses for a photo next to his racing car.) - This incredible Polish petrol head is aiming to become drifting King of Europe despite having lost both his arms. A horrific accident nine years ago meant Bartek Ostalowski, now 29, had to have both his arms amputated. It was a devastating time for the young man, who had given everything up until that point to become a racing driver. But instead of staying down, Bartek set his mind to the task of learning to race using only his feet. After three tough years, he finally became the first person with no arms ever to gain a full international racing licence. SEE CATERS COPY.

PIC BY MIKOLAJ MIKOLAJCZJK/BARTOSZ OSTALOWSKI/CATERS NEWS – Bartek Ostalowski poses for a photo next to his racing car.

He has founded his own team, Bart Racing, to help him make the necessary modifications to his Nissan Skyline and allow him to compete on the drifting circuit.

His upgrades to the car include a new engine, stronger transmission and an independent gearbox. However, he still uses a standard steering wheel, which he controls with just one foot.

With his souped-up racer Bartek entered the 2014 Drift Open King of Europe and, after considerable success, is aiming to keep the competition on the back foot and change the sport forever.