COMPETITOR INFORMATION
 
 
       
 
 
 
 
 
   
IHRA TECHNICAL BULLETINS:  
Please use this area to keep up to date with the Latest in Rules and updates as they are implemented. This area is designed for both Professional and Sportsman Classes.  
   
 
   
Fake SFI Harnesses (Reminder)  
   

Just a reminder that these fake harnesses for sale on eBay and other on-line stores have been sited at Willowbank Raceway recently.

 

Most of these harnesses are marketed as being well-known brands, such as Sparco, Takata or Sabelt, but others may also exist. The harnesses appear genuine, but are copies made by unapproved manufacturers. These copies have not been tested, are frequently made from inferior materials, and are likely to fail at substantially lower speeds than the genuine belts.

How to tell:

  1. All FIA spec harnesses made since the start of 2013 (expiry dates 2018 or later) must have a transparent FIA hologram sewn onto at least one of the shoulder straps. These labels are supplied to the manufacturers by the FIA and are expensive and difficult to reproduce. If there is no hologram and the expiry is 2018 or later, it is a fake.
  2. The homologation number is often incorrect. A correct homologation number looks like:

FIA D-999.T/98

There must be a space between the FIA and the D (or B or C), and a single dash between the D and the homologation number. There must be a dot between the homologation number and the T (or B) and a forward slash to the 98. If there are missing spaces, dashes or points, it is a fake. Most of the dodgy numbers are D-120 and D-124 homologations. The number FIA D-120.T/98 is a genuine number for a TRW/Sabelt harness, but only if used by the original manufacturer.

  1. The “D” in the homologation number specifies a 6-strap belt. A “C” represents a 5-strap belt and a “B”, a 4-strap belt. If you are offered a 4 or 5 strap belt with a “D” number, it is a fake.

Where the upper harness is used in multiple configurations (4, 5 or 6-strap) it will have three different homologation numbers, one for each of B, C and D.

  1. Physical Differences:
    1. The fake harnesses may use different stitching at the ends compared to the genuine one. However, as different manufacturer use different stitching it is not possible to generalise on this. In the case of the D-120 and D-124 homologations, the fakes have multiple crossed stitches whereas the original has only have a single cross:
    2. Buckles: The buckles will often not click in properly, and are prone to partial engagement and subsequent release. The mechanism can also feel flimsy and be poorly finished.
    3. The manufacturer’s labels may be an out of date design.

If you have bought one of these belts, try to return it to the eBay supplier. They are, whether knowingly or not, committing fraud and can face legal action. Should someone be killed or injured by the failure of one of these belts the likelihood of jail for the seller is high, not to mention the potential for litigation.

 

These are not isolated cases. The first five results returned after a recent eBay search by the AASA under Sabelt Harnesses were all fakes; being 4-strap harnesses with the 6-strap “D” homologation. AASA has notified eBay about several of the belts, but the scope of the problem is enormous.

If you have purchased a harness from an on-line seller in the past two years, please check it. Scrutineers will be looking for them. Fakes will not be accepted at Scrutiny and your car will be rejected.

One of the awful consequences of these harnesses is that our genuine suppliers with original equipment for sale are being pushed out of the market. No bricks and mortar seller with a $450 genuine harness can compete against the $150 fakes from dodgy suppliers.

 
   
   
 
   
 
   
Bulletin Pertaining to Helmet Standards  
   
26/02/2019  
   
Helmet laws changed quite dramatically in 2016, leaving many riders confused, but the bottom line is you can now wear helmets that are 'European standard', opening up a range of new brands and helmets to riders, and potentially encouraging competition among manufacturers.
Australian standards still apply, but any helmet that falls under these classifications is 'fit for purpose':
 
   
  • Australian standard AS/NZS1698:2006 or AS/NZS 1698
  • United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) 22.05 standard - commonly referred to as 'European standard'.
 
These are the standards for both on-rode and off-road bikes, as well as quads. Helmets that comply with one or both of these standards will usually have a sticker on the back of the helmet to signify this, but this is not always the case. Helmets are permitted to have a stitched label on the inside of a helmet instead that stipulates that the helmet complies with relevant safety standards. These certifications mean that the helmet has been through testing and will stand up better in a crash.
The main points of concerns when helmet testing from both the Australian and European standards are:
 
   
  • The helmet needs a means of absorbing impact energy, a means of distributing load, and a retention system. All of these components need to be permanently attached.
  • Nothing fitted to the helmet should be likely to cause injury in the cause of an impact.
  • The retention system (e.g. the chin strap) needs to be adjustable in order to produce tension.
 
What Does this Mean for Drag Racers?  
   
The ECE R22-05 that has now made its way to Australia is mostly available through Motorcycle retail outlets. There are a couple of important areas to look out for when purchasing one of these helmets and they are as follows:  
  • Ensure there is a clear marking on the helmet with a sticker either on the outside or inside.
  • Ensure there is a Manufacturers Date on the Helmet (A helmet without without a Manufacturers Date on it will NOT be accepted), Remembering there is a 10 year life of the Helmet from that Date. (No Exceptions)
  • Ensure that it meets on of the following standards.
  • AS/NZS1698:2006 or AS/NZ 1698 | SNELL | SFI | FIA | ECE R22-05 | EC-## |
 
     
 
An ECE 22-5 certification mark, please note that small number may vary but will still be valid.  
  • If all racers could please get into the habit of checking your Helmet Manufacture ate before events to ensure you're not turned away from Scrutineering.
 
   
27/11/2018  
 
   
Effective Immediately  

IHRA Australia would like to inform racers that VP Race Fuels has been working to resolve previous issues with the specific gravity of its race fuel (PSX +) and has now re homologated the fuel to ensure a consistent outcome for all parties. This fuel is available to use at the next event and onwards.

 
Should you have any queries regarding your fuel do not hesitate to contact VP Race Fuels in Sydney on (02) 9723 4233  
   
   
22/08/2018  
PRO MOD - Honeywell Garrett Jamboree Class Overview  
Pro Mod will utilise a Heads Up Pro Tree start and will race using a Seeded Chicago Shootout Format for field sizes from 6 to 24. This may be amended depending on the number of available vehicles and the particular event schedule. It is designed for full-bodied purpose-built, Pro Mod & Door Slammer style vehicles, turbocharged, Blown or Nitrous RWD race vehicles with minimal rule restrictions using V8 engines. Maximum of 2 power adders permitted. Vehicles must run 6 sec or quicker and have functioning doors. Detailed class rules to be developed in the future  
Class Designation: PM preceded by car number
The Rules Currently
 
  • Vehicle must have doors
  • Vehicle must run 6sec or quicker
  • V8 Turbo, Blown or Nitrous engine combo only
  • All vehicles must meet IHRA Australia General Regulations
  • Must have fun!

Racing Format.

 
Heads up Pro Tree Start, Seeded Chicago Shootout  
   
04/07/2018  
Carbon Fibre Brakes:  
 
General Reg 805, Safety, Chassis/Frame, Carbon Fibre  
Carbon Fibre brake rotors measurning a minimum diameter of 280mm (11inches_ rear wheels minimum required on all vehicles weighing more than 2100 lbs (925 kgs) and exceed 225 mph.
Carbon Fibre brake rotors must be used in conjunction with specific carbon fibre brake pads.
Mandatory from 01/01/2019
 
   
02/04/2018  
 
   
NOTICE of RECALL: Driver Restraint Assemblies Manufactured and Certified to SFI Specification 16.1 by Ruian Dragon and Ruian Dongjinlong.   
To All Racers, Sanctioning Body Officials, Equipment Wholesalers and Retailers,   
Driver Restraint Assemblies Manufactured and Certified to SFI Specification 16.1 by Ruian Dragon and Ruian Dongjinlong have been found to be non-compliant with SFI Specification 16.1. All camlock type Driver Restraint Assemblies Manufactured and Certified to SFI Specification 16.1 by Ruian Dragon and Ruian Dongjinlong must be immediately be removed from service and retured by Ruian Dongjinlong.   
This recall includes Driver Restraint Assemblies Manufactured and Certified to SFI Specification 16.1 by Ruian Dragon or Ruian Dongjinlong and sold under the " TANAKA" BRAND:   
   
Ruian Dongjinlong Auto Parts Co.,Ltd
Buliding 1, No.2 South Development Zone, Economic Development Zone,
Feiyun Town, Ruian City, Zhejiang, China
Tel:+86-13486706757  +86-0577-66853034 Fax: +86-0577-65028808
E-mail:alanwanautoparts@vip.163.com  www.djlseatbelts.com  
 
15708 Pomerado Road, Suite N208, Poway, CA 92064 • (858)451-8868 FAX# (858)451-9268
website: www.sfifoundation.com email: sfi@sfifoundation.com 
 
   
RUIAN DONGJINLONG CAMLOCK RESTRAINT PRODUCTS RECAL  
   
  Since Ruian Dongjinlong's (Formerly Ruian Dragon) camlock 3 inch 5 points racing harness has some camlock assemblies issues, Any and all camlock Driver Restraint Assemblies Manufactured certified to SFI Specification 16.1 By Ruian Dongjinlong, including but not limited to those branded as "TANAKA", "PW" and "TENZO-R" must be immediately removed from website and returned to Ruian Dongjinlong. All applicable sanctiong bodies have been notified of the nonclompliance.

At the moment, herby Ruian Dongjinlong will recall all products we sold. And will do some improvement for camlock style racing harness and will be recertified soon.

Sorry for bringin you some Inconvenience. 
 
  Ruian Dongjinlong Auto Parts Co.,Ltd

30th. March, 2018           
 
 
 
   
   
   
JUNIOR DRAGSTER UPPER AGE CUT OFF  
   

09/02/2018:-

 
IHRA Australia has increased the upper age limit for Junior Dragster competitors. Upon Driver turning 18 years of age any further competition is forbidden.  
   
Class Reg 28500 Junior Dragster, Safety, Driver / Rider, Credentials  
Aged between 8 and 17 years and correct JD Class Licence held has parent / guardian consent.  
Mandatory  
   
Class Reg 28520 Junior Dragster, Safety, Driver / Rider, Credentials  
Upon Driver turning 18 years of age any further competition is forbidden.  
Forbidden  
   
Class Reg 28530, Junior Dragster, Safety, Driver / Rider, Credentials  
If A/JD, then for drivers between the ages of 13 and 17 years, limited to ET no quicker than 7.90 seconds and Top Speed no faster than 89.99mph (144kph)  
Mandatory  
   
Class Reg 28540, Junior Dragster, Safety, Driver / Rider, Credentials  
If B/JD, then for drivers between the ages of 11 and 17 years, limited to ET no quicker than 8.50 seconds and Top Speed no faster than 80 mph (128kph)  
Mandatory  
   
Class Reg 29071, Junior Dragster  
If a new driver for A/JD Driver must be between 13 and 17 years of age and must complete 6 runs between 8.50 and 8.90 to the satisfaction of an IHRA Steward, to be recorded on race licence, may be conducted over series of events. After initial sign off competitor must complete 6 runs between 7.90 and 8.50 to the satisfaction of an IHRA Steward before competing in competition. All runs to be solo passes.  
Mandatory  
   
   

For any further information please contact Head Office on 03 9736 9578.

 
   
Kind Regards
IHRA Australia
 
   
 
   
12/10/2017:-   
   
   
   
27/06/2017:-   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
22/06/2017:-   
   
Phase out of Leaded Fuels   
   
   
   
   
   
29/05/2017:-  
   
Pro Radial  
   
What is it –  
   
 Heads up, pro tree drag racing. First to the finish wins!  
   
Big Power on a small radial tyre (max size 315/60/15 Radial or 29.5x10.5 Pro Bracket Radial”)  
   
Racing distance 200 meters (1/8th mile)  
   
Production based cars (up to 3/4chassis)  
   
Variety of power adders with 4, 6 & 8 cylinder engines  
   
Weight breaks in place to keep parity between different power adders  
   
Why -  
   
Big power, Small tyres, in production based cars that people can relate to. Multiple power adders across the class allowing for some great racer rivalry (turbo vs nitrous) (blower vs Aspirated) etc which also brings extra crowd interaction.  
   
Lots of new technology ( Fuel injection, extensive data logging etc)  
   
 It is an extreme challenge to finesse massive amounts of power these cars make to the race track via a small and unforgiving tyre.  
   
When the setup is correct, the tyres are so efficient that you will run faster than what was ever possible on a slick.  
   
Where did it come from -  
   
Drag radial racing started in the USA and then had massive growth in North Carolina where the original 28 vs 275 style races kicked the trend into high gear.  
   
Now there are full calendars of radial races with multiple classes and formats in the US.  
   
If you web search drag radial racing, there would probably be enough content to last a life time of viewing. There are races in the US that are offering $50,000 to win and there are lots of big time racers filling the pits to take some glory!  
   
Some of the biggest US drag radial races are held by the NMCA, Duck X Productions (Lights Out & No Mercy Races @ SGMP), Outlaw Street Car Reunion Memphis, Yellowbullet Nationals Cecil County, Shakedown Norwalk, Fall Brawl Holly Springs, just to name a few.  
   
Most if not every serious US drag strip has a Drag radial in their calendar.
The information & technology is being filtered to Australian racers fast and the increasing trend now is to ditch those old slicks and bolt on some drag radials and go fast.
 
   
 
   
24/05/2017:-  
   
Field Size Clarification - Supercharged Outlaws - Top Sportsman  
   
Supercharged Outlaws  
   
Class Reg 31620, Supercharged Outlaw  
   
This bracket consists of all vehicles that qualify between 0.00 and 7.99 seconds or (1/8 mile equivalent)  
   
Top Sportsman  
   
Class Reg 32210, Top Sportsman  
   
This bracket consist of all sedans that qualify between 0.00 and 8.99 seconds or (1/8 mile equivalent)  
   
 
   
13/04/2017:-  
 
Junior Dragster Rule Amendment  
   

Class Reg 29000, Junior Dragster

If A/JD, and during qualifying, then ET quicker than 7.90 seconds but no quicker than 7.80 seconds permitted, and then only once per event.

 

Class Reg 29020, Junior Dragster

If B/JD, and during qualifying, then ET quicker than 8.50 seconds but no quicker than 8.40 seconds permitted, and then only once per event.

 

Class Reg 29030, Junior Dragster

If C/JD, and during qualifying, then ET quicker than 11.90 seconds but no quicker than 11.80 seconds permitted, and then only once per event.

 

Class Reg, 28940, Junior Dragster, Vehicle Controls

Throttle and brake, operated by foot. Positive throttle return spring in use.

 

Class Reg 28780, Junior Dragster, Engine, Exhaust, Muffler

Silencer or Muffler Optional.

 

Class Reg 28790, Junior Dragster, Engine, Exhaust, Muffler

Muffler Optional

 
Please Note:-  
   
As a Friendly Reminder this rule will be enforced  
   

Class Reg 29050, Junior Dragster

If parent/guardian fails to withdraw their racer from event due to exceeding ET cut-off limits, then racer is suspended for 2 meetings and fined $1,000

 
 
   
08/04/2017:-  
   
Simpson Performance Products Snell SA 2015 Certified Voyager 2 Helmet Recall  
   
 
   
 
   
12/02/2017:-  
 
   
 
   
03/11/2016:-  
   
BYE RUNS: Rule Number # 7860 All bye runs must produce a winner.  
   
HANDS OF THE STARTER: Rule Number # 7855 Hands of the Starter A vehicle is deemed to be in the hands of the starter when the front wheel/s enter the designated burnout area.  
   
IHRA Australia would like to clarify the ET cut offs for the 2016/2017 season for the following classes  
   
Supercharged Outlaws, Top Sportsman, Super Sedan and Super Street  
   
The following ET limits apply to the below brackets and will be run at all 400 Thunder Championship events:  
   
Supercharged Outlaws → 0 - 7.99
Top Sportsman → 0 - 8.99
Super Sedan → 8.50 - 10.99
Super Street → 10.00 - 12.99
 
   
Pro Stock Motorcycle Weight breaks effective June 2016  
   
Suzuki 2 Valves 5.75 lbs. per Cube
Suzuki 4 Valves 5.75 lbs. per Cube
Kawasaki 2 Valves 5.75 lbs. per Cube
Kawasaki 4 Valves 5.75 lbs. per Cube
Buell Billet Engines 665 lbs
Kawasaki's permitted to use Billet Creak cases.
 
   
The following points are also in place:  
   
Engine sealing is Mandatory and any issues resulting in clarification of an engine size that hasn't been tagged will result in the cylinder head being removed Post Event for measurement at the track. Failure to so may/can void any results from the event.  
   
   
 
   
   
 
   
If you have any further enquiries please email technical@ihra.com.au  
 
     
     
     
 
 
 
 
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