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Old 10-06-15, 15:23
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Frontal Head restraints

Latest memo from the MSA regarding FHR devices

MSA confirms Motor Sports Council decisions regarding Frontal Head Restraints
Motor Sports Council, the MSA’s rule-making body, has voted to mandate the use of Frontal Head Restraints in Stage Rallying, Hill Climb and Sprint – with certain exceptions in each – from 2016 onward.
The decisions were taken yesterday (9 June) at the second of Council’s three meetings in 2015, held at Motor Sports House.
After a very lengthy debate, it was decided that from 1 January 2016 an FIA-approved FHR will be mandatory for all Stage Rally competitors, except for those in Historic Category One vehicles, for whom it will be a recommendation in 2016 and mandatory from 2017.
It was also decided that from 1 January 2016 an FIA-approved FHR will be mandatory for all Hill Climb and Sprint competitors, except for those in Period Defined Vehicles, Road-going Series Production Cars and Road-going Specialist Production Cars. Nonetheless, it will be recommended for those excepted competitors.
The relevant new regulations – along with all others approved by Motor Sports Council yesterday – will be published in due course.
Tony Scott Andrews, Chairman of Motor Sports Council, said: “This is an important decision, which I appreciate will not be universally popular; I understand that it will place an additional financial burden on competitors and I empathise with those affected. I do however believe that the governing body has a responsibility to ensure so far as possible the safety of its competitors and the decision has been taken in pursuit of that aim.
“We believe that an FHR has become as much a part of a competitor’s safety equipment as a seat, belts, protective clothing and helmet. We were very keen to announce this particular regulation change immediately in order to give competitors as much notice as possible.”
Editor’s notes:
The MSA is the sole national governing body for four-wheel motor sport in the UK, as recognised by the world governing body, the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA). The MSA is a not-for-profit organisation (limited by guarantee) comprising around 750 affiliated motor clubs, which are represented by 13 Regional Associations nationwide. The MSA represents approximately 30,000 competition licence holders and 9,500 volunteer marshals and officials, and issues permits for around 5,000 motor sport events every year.
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Release MSA15-025: 10 June 2015
For media information only. No regulatory value.


Issued by the Motor Sports Association, Motor Sports House, Riverside Park, Colnbrook, SL3 0HG
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Old 10-06-15, 15:55
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Old 10-06-15, 15:59
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Apart from the initial expense I don't see a problem.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g40YatgE_CE
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Old 10-06-15, 16:16
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So does that mean my SFI approved neck device will be no good and it might as well go in the bin as no one else would want it?
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Old 10-06-15, 16:18
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So does that mean my SFI approved neck device will be no good and it might as well go in the bin as no one else would want it?
Is it FIA approved as a frontal head restraint?
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Old 10-06-15, 16:38
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Is it FIA approved as a frontal head restraint?
No only SFI 38.1 approved as far as I can see?
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Old 10-06-15, 16:44
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Not a massive surprise this one, I had been expecting it to become recommended at least if not mandatory at some point...

Having used a Hans device for a couple of years, I would never compete without it. Yes there was some outlay to get it and mod the belt arrangements, but I was lucky I had a helmet with the posts already attached.

Re-watching the video just backs up my thinking...

DaveK - better get your purchasing boys to order in bulk ASAP as can see there being a big demand...
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Old 10-06-15, 16:48
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Also It gets worse as my device gives me side protection as well as frontal where the hans does only frontal.

I will not be buying a hans device at extortionate prices and less protection? Even the simpson hybrid is still over priced. if this is the case I could well be another one dropping out of this sport next year. I am just about to buy some new tyres so might think again.

very unhappy from Oxford.
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Old 10-06-15, 16:54
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It appears the next year Sprints (and hillclimbs) will only consist of modern standard low performance road cars (ones that the manufacturer does not specify tyres that are not List 1a) and Circuit race cars that have been designed for HANs to be fitted with perhaps the odd period defined classic.
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I really don't see the problem here, it is for our own personal safety! I run in roadgoing class at the moment and my son now shares the car, he bought a helmet with HANS posts and I bought a new one this year with HANS posts and a Schroth HANS device at the same time for just over £400. My car has four point harness fitted. I asked a scrute at first meeting about it, didn't need to check HANS as not compulsory for our class but he looked it over and gave us a thumbs up anyway. £400 for a sensible piece of safety kit or £400 towards a new diff/engine/gearbox/ecu or whatever you deem necessary? No brainer for me, safety first and go faster bits second every time.

The only issue I see being a sticking point is with roadgoing cars that don't have four point harnesses installed, I don't believe a HANS device is compatible with lap and shoulder, 3 point seatbelts. Unless someone knows different?

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