2018 Autocross & RallyCross Helmet Rule

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2018 Autocross & RallyCross Helmet Rule

Post by JimR » Fri Feb 02, 2018 1:00 pm

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To compete in a SCCA Solo or RallyCross event, you must wear a helmet meeting a minimum specification. We have a limited number of loaner helmets that you may wear for free during your competition runs, but wouldn't you like to have your own?

Snell is the most common standard, and current Snell "M" motorcycle helmets are sufficient and tend to be affordable. The current and previous two Snell standards (2015, 2010, and 2005) are legal. If you have a Snell 2000 or older, it's time to retire it.

The 2018 Helmet Rules
Helmets meeting the following standards must be worn while on course:
  • All helmets meeting the latest or two immediately preceding Snell Foundation
    standards (SA2015, SA2010, SAH2010, SA2005, M2015, M2010, M2005, K2015, K2010, K2005)
  • SFI standards 31.1, 41.1, 31.1A, 31.2A, 41.1A, 41.2A
  • ECE R22.05; FIA standards 8859-2015, 8860-2010, 8860-2004
  • British spec BS6658-85 type A are acceptable.
DOT certification alone is not sufficient. Be careful when choosing a helmet, and make sure it meets one of the above standards. A Snell helmet will likely also be DOT certified, but not all DOT helmets are Snell rated. Read more about Snell certification from Grassroots Motorsports.

Also take note for open cars:
Full face or modular helmets shall be worn while competing in an open wheel car, formula car, or kart. Face shield, goggles, or similar face protection (conventional eyeglasses are not sufficient) shall be worn while competing in any other vehicle with less than the standard-size windshield.
Quick Reference
Confused? Here's a quick reference on what an eligible helmet sticker looks like:
https://www.scca.com/downloads/39398-20 ... s/download

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Buying a Helmet
Fitting a helmet in person is the best way to shop for a proper fit. Fortunately, there are several supporters of OMR activities in our area.
According to helmet manufacturer Simpson;
A correctly fitted helmet should feel as if an evenly distributed pressure is continuously being exerted around the head and cheeks. Helmets, like shoes, will break in. For this reason, the helmet should fit as tight as you can stand to wear it. Once fastened, make sure the helmet cannot be pulled off of the head in any direction. If the helmet moves significantly, the helmet is too big. First time helmet buyers tend to choose helmets that are too loose or too big. If the helmet does not fit well, it cannot deliver the level of protection you need.
Jim Rowland - Your friendly OMR volunteer at large
'92 Sentra SE-R / '15 FR-S / '04 Silverado HD

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