Ready for 2016?
A few changes and a few old chestnuts could
easily catch the unwary and make that first meeting less
enjoyable. Here are a few reminders. Before taking
radical action, please always check with the Blue Book (https://www.msauk.org/assets/2016bbcompletelow-res-1.pdf)
and also with our own regs (http://www.monoposto.co.uk/technical/regulations)
The technical regs state:
For those who are like me not of a technical bent, I am
informed by Dan Fox (who knows more about Dallaras than
most people outside Varano Melegari) that the Cartek unit
is a good fit in the older (pre 2002) square housing. I
also gather that the Melectronics unit fits the later
wider Dallara housing. Those of us not running Dallarae
may be interested in Lou Watts's comment at the AGM that
Raceparts (“ask for Gary”) are offering a Lifeline unit
with flasher at £72.50 + VAT plus £6 for a switch.
The light must be located within 10cm of the centre line
of the vehicle and be clearly visible from the rear,
though I admit you would need to be a blithering idiot to
mount it so it wasn't.
On the left the diagram shows the compatibility between
FHRs and the tethers, with the only unacceptable
combination being that you cannot use an 8858-2002 tether
with an 8858-2010 FHR. An 8858-2002 FHR is compatible with
both the 2002 and 2010 standard tethers.
On the right the diagram shows the compatibility between
anchor posts and helmets, demonstrating that an 8858- 2010
or 8860-2010 approved helmet can only be fitted with
8858-2010 anchor posts. And an 8858-2002 or 8860-2004
approved helmet can only be fitted with 8858-2002 anchor
The arrows in the middle then show that any combination
of tether and anchor post is compatible, so an 8858-2002
tether is compatible with an 8858-2010 anchor post or an
8858-2002 anchor post. And an 8858-2010 tether is
compatible with an 8858-2010 anchor post or an 8858-2002
The MSA has also produced the following guidance.
Note also that FHR tethers are not lifed. Some models
will have a date on the label, but this only refers to the
date of manufacture and does not mean that it will expire
at any time. Of course the manufacturer’s guidelines will
state that the tethers should be replaced following a
"Helmets bearing one of the under mentioned
‘standards’ may be approved by the MSA subject to
other criteria being met.
(a) ALL MSA NATIONAL EVENTS
SA2015 are not at the time of writing FIA approved
so cannot be used at Spa.
Just a reminder that J5.7.1 states that steering wheels
must have a continuous rim not incorporating any reflex
angles in its basic shape (except for Drag Race vehicles).
‘D’ shape wheels are permitted but the design shown left
Tony Cotton (with thanks to Steven Connor, Terry
Clark, MSA, Alister Poulter, David Scott)
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