HANS DEVICES MANDATORY AT HAMPTON DOWNS
Hampton Downs has announced that it will now require the use of HANS (Head and Neck Support) Devices during all track events as of 13 August 2018. According to Hampton Downs track manager Elton Goonan, the changes have been put in place in to reaffirm the track’s commitment to safer motorsport in New Zealand. “MSNZ [MotorSport New Zealand] have been looking at enforcing the use of HANS Devices for a while now, and we feel that it’s something that needs to be brought up the tree. Most guys who do track days know for themselves, or know someone that has had a big moment where they have come away with a sore neck [from not wearing a HANS Device],” explained Elton. “It’s no different to any industry personal protection equipment; you have to wear steel caps in a workshop, or a high-vis and a hard hat at a construction site.”
With the new regs in place, drivers and passengers in a vehicle fitted with four-point or greater harnesses will be required to wear a HANS Device at all times on the track to help prevent lateral head-movement injuries in the event of a crash. Vehicles fitted with a regular lap and diagonal belt will require the drivers and passengers to wear a foam neck brace, as they do not have the provisions for a HANS Device to be used correctly.
“There are HANS Devices out there at a very, very low cost that can genuinely save someone’s life. As a venue, we don’t want to have the stigma of a person being seriously injured when rules could be put in place for it to be prevented,” Elton said.
We take a closer look at what a HANS Device is, how they work, and where you can get them from in a special feature from page 84.