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.”

FHRs are already mandatory for circuit racing competitiors in post-2000 single-seat cars and will be mandatory across circuit racing, except for Period Defined vehicles, from 2016.

Karting UK is pleased to announce the 2019 British Long and Short Circuit Gearbox Kart Championships, in a move that signals Motorsport UK's commitment to promoting karting in all its forms. Read more

Motorsport UK welcomes a draft report from the European Parliament's Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee (IMCO), which recommends that vehicles used exclusively for motorsport should not be impacted by VNUK, an insurance issue that has ... Read more

In advance of the 2019 Motorsport UK licence renewal window, the governing body has announced an initiative putting members at the heart of everything that they do. Read more

Do you want to help deliver a bold new vision for UK motorsport? An exciting new role has been created to head up Karting at the national governing body, Motorsport UK. Read more

A new British rallycross star emerged today (21 May) as Tom Onslow-Cole won the inaugural RX Talent Search in a 12-way shootout at Lydden Hill, winning a prize drive in RX Lites at Istanbul. Read more

In a pioneering development that will bring motor sport in line with other major sports, the MSA’s new accredited coaching qualification is now being rolled out, with courses available from June and the booking website live. Read more

A dozen young motor sport stars have been selected from over 120 applications to compete for a free drive in Turkey’s round of the RX Lites Cup at Istanbul (3-4 October) as part of the new RX Talent Search initiative. Read more

On behalf of the British motor sport community, the MSA congratulates Kris Meeke on becoming the first UK driver to win a round of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) since his mentor, the late, great Colin McRae in 2002. With MSA Team UK’s Elfyn ... Read more