Billy Monger filled the lines of the motorsport media in April this year after losing both legs in a horrific collision in a Formula 4 race. Not three months later, however, the determined boy sat in the race car again and drove the first laps after the accident at the British Brands Hatch. 18-year-old Billy was driving a customized Fun Cup race car, which otherwise features the BRIT team, made up of war-injured soldiers. The car is specially adapted with a system developed and assembled by Slovenian Marko Mlakar from Žirov and enables driving without the use of foot pedals. Instead of pedals, in addition to the gear levers, levers for gas, brakes and clutch are added to the steering wheel. “It was nice to be back behind the wheel of a race car,” Monger said. "I have to thank the BRIT team for making this possible for me today, and now
In Žire, a small town at the end of the Poljanska valley, in a small private garage, Marko Mlakar is constantly diligently upgrading his racing VW Golf II, with which he competes in mountain speed racing. Instead of a sequential gearbox, Marko installed a system in the Golf, which, despite the "classic" H-gearbox, allows quick gear changes by pulling the steering wheel lever. The system leaves a deep impression on many people, as it is used by the legend during mountain races, Felix Pailer, for example in his Lancia Delta. The MME Motorsport electro-pneumatic system changes gears in just 0,08 seconds. You can see the operation in the video below, and you may meet the Golf and its creator in one of the mountain speed races this year. https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLVy
The mountain speed race in Verzegnis, Italy was won by the Italian Simone Faggioli, who was ten seconds faster than his compatriot Christian Merli with the Osella FA30. The third was Michele Fattorini. Of the Slovenian participants, Aleš Prek was ranked highest with a Porsche 977 GT3 in XNUMXth place. The second was Slavko Zorman with a Renault Clio, and the third was Denis Žbogar in another Clio Williams, who narrowly beat Marko Mlakar in a VW Golf. He was three seconds better than Žirovac.