TRICKY’S PUG 309
IN FEAR OF HIS HEAD FALLING OFF, TRICKY WENT TO CORBEAU HOPING TO LESSEN THE CHANCES
When you ever experience in-car footage of a big roll or similar massive accident in a race car, you’ll always notice the drivers head thrashing to and fro, side to side – and that’s the human head with the weight of a helmet too!
Just about everyone experiences whiplash in a minor road bump at 20mph these days (if you know what I mean!), so imagine what stress and strains are experienced at 100 to 150mph plus?
OK helmets made from carbon fibre are much lighter than ever before, but still the damage can be immense. That’s why these devices have been enforced in all circuit racing classes – the most recent, saloon car racing, just last year.
So we had to get one for Project FC309 to enable us to compete in the CSCC Special Saloons and Modsports Series, which is regulated by the RAC MSA, the motorsport governing body for the UK.
The HANS System, or Head And Neck Support, is the greatest safety innovation since the full-face helmet, the fire retardant racing suit, and long before that, the full harness of course. Basically, it reduces the risk of basilar skull fracture or muscle stretching during an intense deceleration, the primary cause of death in motor racing.
It’s horseshoe shape allows it to drop over your shoulders and is secured down onto your chest with the latest in full harnesses, which has 50mm shoulder straps rather than the new and trendy 75mm straps. This is to ensure the straps keep the HANS in place and not become dislodged.
The great staff at Corbeau talked me through the requirements and supplied us with this fantastic kit, a lightweight, entry-level HANS device, which offers excellent value for money.
The Club Series HANS by Stand 21 is produced using reinforced thermoplastics in order to achieve the required highstrength capabilities set out by the FIA, whilst keeping the weight to a minimum. This coupled with the new six-point harness, not only helps to hold your head on but your body too, well within the confinements of the seat. Once you are in the seat with the HANS in place, strapped in, these two small straps attach to the special side buttons fitted to all new helmets. These small belts then restrict your head movement from side to side and to and from the head rest in the seat. You can move enough to drive safely, but in an accident situation, you’re restricted, to save your muscles and bones. We feel a lot safer now.