FHR 2020 deadline approachingCAMS members are reminded of the impending changes to Frontal Head Restraints (FHR) with the new rules to come into effect from 1 January 2020.Over the past few years, changes to mandate the use of FHR have been filtered through across the different levels and disciplines of motor sport with the use of FHR providing a significant improvement to the safety of those participating in the sport, especially in the instance of a forward impact incident.Rally/RoadAs of 1 January 2020 the mandatory use of FHR will apply to Club level events. This will see that the use of FHR is now aligned across all levels of the Rally/Road discipline in accordance with the CAMS Manual Schedule D – Apparel, where noted.SpeedAs of 1 January 2020 the mandatory use of FHR will be implemented for Speed events. This use of FHR will come into effect for anyone competing in a 1st Category vehicle, or a vehicle with a CAMS logbook which applies a Race, Rally/Road, Off Road or 5th Category classification, save for those exemptions applied in the CAMS Manual Schedule D - Apparel. The following is the regulatory wording that will apply in the CAMS Manual Schedule D – Apparel:A FHR compliant with Standard A and a Helmet compliant with Standard A must be worn when competing in:•Each 1st Category (single seater) automobile, except for: oa Superkart; ora 5th Category automobile which is exempt from the use of a FHR.•Each automobile the subject of a CAMS Log Book which applies a RACE, RALLY/ROAD, OFF ROAD or 5th CATEGORY classification that requires the mandatory use of a FHR.The use of a FHR is not required for a Road Registered automobile for a SPEED Event, except where Article (b) above is applicable.Click here for more information about Frontal Head Restraints.
Licence Endorsement For High Performance 5th Category VehiclesThe introduction of the HPL Endorsement has already addressed competitor safety whilst mitigating the risk posed by inexperienced competitors in high performance vehicles to CAMS being open to a challenge if a serious incident were to occur. The Australian Historic Motor Racing Commission (AHMSC) have now approved and extension to the High Performance Licence Endorsement that will seek to further address this risk.Currently, for applicants holding a National Circuit (NC) Licence, a HPL Endorsement is required for the following high performance 5th Category Historic vehicles:•FIA Formula One and Indy Cars (all);•F5000 (all).In acknowledging the FIA’s edict, the AHMSC have mandated that the following 5th Category Vehicles will require a NC or CC Licence with the addition of a High Performance Licence Endorsement as of 1/1/2020:•Groups O, P, Q and R Sports over 3 litres engine capacity;•FIA Prototypes Groups C1 and C2 Sports (all).Application ProcessIn addition to holding a National Circuit licence, a HPL Endorsement Observed Licence Test must be conducted in the relevant vehicle, followed by a final endorsement approval by the CAMS HPL Endorsement Evaluation Panel.Application forms for an HPL Endorsement are available online at CAMS – Click Here