Rally New York Announcement (revised) regarding Head and Neck Restraints for 2009 and beyond. December 1, 2008

Original bulletin published Feb 29, 2008

This bulletin applies exclusively to Rally New York events and competitors while participating in these events.

The Rally New York organization previously announced that beginning January 1, 2009 all United States Rally Championship (USRC) national competitors and New York Rally Championship (NYRC) regional competitors will be required to wear FIA approved head and neck restraints. We wish to announce that we will now accept SFI 38.1 or FIA 8858 approved Head and Neck restraints for competition.

Head and Neck restraints must comply with the FIA requirements of Appendix L Chapter 3 that is current of January 1, 2009, or SFI 38.1. The FIA article requires that only devices listed in the FIA Technical List no. 36 be used. As of this writing only the HANS® system is listed. SFI approved restraints are available from multiple manufacturers and some retailers offer rent-to-purchase programs.

As a point of information, we have in the past and will continue in 2009 to permit SFI 3-2A/5 (or 3-2/1 when used with approved fireproof underwear) certified and FIA 8856-2000 (or FIA 1986) approved racing suits, and helmets with SFI 31.1A/31.2A, FIA 8860-2004, Snell SA2000/2005, or BS 6658-85 type A/FR approvals.

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