MSNZ Rules & Regulations for Protective Clothing in MotorSport

Here's the official take on the requirements for approved clothing when competing in sanctioned Motorsport in New Zealand. i.e. These are the rule the scrutineers follow, and the ones you must comply with in order to be allowed to race.

The details shown on this page were correct on 1st April 2018.

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The below information has been extracted from the MotorSport New Zealand handbook, Schedule A.

 

4.3.1 Protective Clothing:

Note: The requirements detailed in this Article 4.3.1 will become mandatory from 01 April 2018.

(1) Types of Protective Clothing: Protective clothing is categorised as follows and shall include but is not limited to the following types as per chart (1):

Chart (1) - Protective Clothing Types / Standards
  Overall Underwear Socks Shoes Gloves Balaclava
  One-piece garment worn as an outermost layer, designed with close fitting front, cuffs and ankles entirely covering the wearer except for head, hands and feet Garments designed to be worn between the overall and wearer’s body entirely covering the wearer except for head, hands and feet One-piece close fitting garment covering at least to midcalf Garment that covers the whole foot and ankle Garment that covers the whole hand and wrist One-piece close fitting garment that covers the head and neck
A  FIA 8856-2000(1) FIA 8856-2000(1) FIA 8856-2000(1) FIA 8856-2000(1) FIA 8856-2000(1) FIA 8856-2000(1)
B FIA Norm 1986 ISO 6940 Multi-layer SFI 3.2A/5˂(3) Multi-layer FR material(2) SFI 3.3(6) ISO 6940(6) SFI 3.3 ISO 6940 SFI 3.3 ISO 6940 SFI 3.3 ISO 6940 SFI 3.3 ISO 6940
C SFI 3.2A/1˂(4) ISO 6940 Single-layer FR material(2) Cotton(5) Wool Cotton(5) Wool Leather Leather -
D Cotton(5) - - - - -
E No Req’mt No Req’mt No Req’mt No Req’mt No Req’mt No Req’mt
 

References:

(1) All garments certified to FIA8856-2000 Std are detailed in FIA Technical List No.27. Where FIA Std garments are mandated under this schedule all garments must maintain compliance with the standard.

(2) (FR) Fire Resistant means garments made from purpose designed fabrics with ‘built-in’ self-extinguishing properties. The material must be identified on the manufacturers label with common examples being; Nomex, CarbonX, Proban® , ProTek® , Pyrovatex® , Aramid fibres etc.

(3) SFI 3.2A/5˂ means SFI Quality Assurance Specifications 3.2A/5, 3.2A/10, 3.2A/15 and 3.2A/20. The SFI 3.2A Spec label will be found on the left arm or the collar.

(4) SFI 3.2A/1˂ means SFI Quality Assurance Specifications 3.2A/1 and 3.2A/3. The SFI 3.2A Spec label will be found on the left arm or the collar

(5) All cotton garments must have a manufacturer label stating 100% Cotton (No ‘Spandex or Synthetics).

(6) Garments manufactured to this standard in a ‘short sleeved’ version can be accepted.

Notes:

(2) Protective Clothing Requirements: All occupants shall wear clothing made to an approved standard or of an approved material and design as per chart (2):

Chart (2) - Protective Clothing Requirements
    Overall Underwear Socks Shoes Gloves Balaclava
Race Premier Championship A A A A A A
Championship A, B A, B A, B A, B A, B A, B
National Race Meeting A, B A, B A, B A, B A, B A, B
Clubmans Race Meeting A, B, C A, B, C A, B, C A, B, C A, B, C A, B, C
Rally Championship A A A A A* A
National Rally A, B A, B A, B A, B A*, B* A, B
Clubmans Rally (inc Rallysprints) A, B, C A, B, C A, B, C A, B, C A*, B* A, B, C
Other A, B, C A, B, C A, B, C A, B, C E E
Clubsport Advanced (excl Rallysprints) A, B, C (A, B, C)(6) A, B, C A, B, C E E
Basic A, B, C, D (A, B, C)(6, 7) A, B, C A, B, C E E
Motorkhanas and Car Trials E E E E E E

* The wearing of gloves is optional for co-drivers

Notes:

1. The specified letters [A,B,C,D,E] correspond to the specific requirements applied to the item of clothing as detailed in Chart (1)

2. Requirements for International Status Events shall comply with the current regulations published by the FIA

3. Requirements are as specified unless detailed otherwise within Event Supplementary Regulations or Series Regulations as approved by MSNZ

4. Requirements for passengers will be the same unless detailed otherwise within Event Supplementary Regulations or Series Regulations as approved by MSNZ

5. Condition - dirty, damaged, ill-fitting or excessively worn garments may render them unsuitable for use

6. Only mandatory where a single layer Overall is worn

7. For Autocross events there is no requirement for compliant underwear but any garments worn beneath overalls must be either cotton or wool.

(3) Recommendations:

It is strongly recommended that:

(a) All Occupants wear garments that comply with an approved standard wherever a choice is authorised, and

(b) Careful consideration should be given when purchasing garments to any future progression through the various disciplines, and

(c) Garments are ‘loose-fitting’ as this increases the level of protection, and

(d) Any badges sewn directly onto the overalls shall be ‘Fire-Resistant’ backed and attached using fire resistant thread. Any embroidery shall be sewn on to the outermost layer of the garment only.

(e) Printing and iron on patches should only be carried out by the manufacturer of the garment and must be flameproof and in conformity with FIA 8856.2000, and

(f) Drivers of single-seater cars in races with standing starts wear gloves in a colour which contrasts with the predominant colour of the car, so that the driver can clearly draw the attention of the race starter in case of difficulties, and

(g) Any rainproof garments designed to be worn over the overalls must not be made of a flammable material (e.g. nylon or similar synthetics).

(h) Where a cool suit is worn it must comply with FIA 8856-2000 or SFI 3.3A, or be worn in conjunction with FIA 8856-2000 or SFI 3.3A underwear between the coolsuit and the wearer's body.

 

This information is available at: https://www.motorsport.org.nz/sites/default/files/motorsport/manual/Live%2035%20App%202.01%20Sch%20A_0.pdf