Official 2017 AX,DE/TT & Concours Rules Clarification

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Official 2017 AX,DE/TT & Concours Rules Clarification

Postby dcarusillo on Wed Nov 23, 2016 1:07 pm

this may be old news to some; however, an official release of information may help clarify the 2017 rules evolution.
All 5 proposals passed at the Zone meeting. Please see our rules Chairman's link: ... esults.pdf

With respect to the Head and Neck Restraint rule from National, the latest is listed below.

<Regarding mandatory head and neck restraint requirements>" it [b]will not be until mid year 2017 or beginning 2018 where it becomes manadatory.[/b]
For now we have this wording in the Minimum Standards which will be changed from highly recommended to required.
Harness Systems:
If the participant chooses to install a five- or six-point driving harness, several changes to the automobile must be made to create a safe occupant restraint system. Harnesses must, Include an antisubmarine strap, have all harness attachment points secured/mounted in an approved manner consistent with the manufacturer’s instructions, be used in conjunction with a seat that has the supplied routing holes for the shoulder and antisubmarine belts and have the shoulder straps mounted at 90 degrees to the axis of your spine or at most 40 degrees down from horizontal.

The participant should BE AWARE that the addition of such a seat and harness system results in the occupant being fastened upright in the vehicle. Therefore, in order to have a COMPLETE SYSTEM, a properly padded roll bar or roll cage and an approved Head and Neck Restraint System (HANS) device are strongly encouraged and highly recommended. The use of such a harness system without roll protection and HANS may result in an unsafe environment and is not a COMPLETE SYSTEM. Roll bars or cages and their installation must meet PCA Club Racing Standards

When using a head and neck restraint device, it must meet the standards of either SFI 38.1 or FIA 8858. It is recommended that one follow the SFI Recertification process for the head and neck restraint device. The instructions for this can be found on the device. Additionally, it is recommended that the straps be replaced every five years.
Due to UV degradation and wear, the harness webbing must be replaced every five years.

Four-point systems are not allowed, EXCEPT as noted below, in Porsches because of the integrated headrest supplied by the factory. In addition to the standard SFI and/or FIA-approved five- and/or six-point system, a four-point system is allowed in non-Porsches that meet the following requirements:

Meets the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 209.
Attaches to the factory seat belt mounting points.
Each belt is designed to work in a specific vehicle and that vehicle tag must be attached to the belt system.

Four Point Belt Exception: Schroth has developed a four point harness for specific newer Porsche models only. These models are the 918 Spyder, 2015 GT3, 2016 Cayman GT4, 2016 Boxster Spyder, and 2015 GT3RS, and these models must also be fitted with the Full Bucket Seat Option P11 as provided by Porsche. The belts are Federal Motor Vehicle Standard 209, and as such they are deemed street legal and approved by federal seat belt safety regulations. These belts also have labeling confirming the intended use for these specified Porsche models.

Reprinted from:
Alex H Bell II, PCA National Drivers Education Chair"

Thank you for your patience,
Dan Carusillo
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