Supercars and CAMS to investigate seat belt issue

Supercars and the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport will investigate an issue with seat belts that was raised during the recent Sandown 500.

Supercars and CAMS to investigate seat belt issue

The category and the governing body will work with the FIA to investigate an issue related to un-homologated modifications of harnesses, brought to light at Sandown.

"CAMS is currently looking into the issue, working closely with the FIA, Supercars and the relevant manufacturers," read a CAMS statement.

"We are working in conjunction with CAMS on this particular area with the safety of drivers always our highest priority," added Supercars sporting and technical director David Stuart.

"Accordingly, we will work with CAMS and the FIA and we are seeking clarity in regard to their requirements.

"If a rule needs to be modified to ensure compliance then that will be implemented."

While the details of the issue have not been confirmed, TV footage reportedly showed the #97 Red Bull Holden not releasing two of its clasps during a driver change stop.

Only a single fixed point is homologated.

Triple Eight team manager Mark Dutton told the Supercars official site that the team did have a policy of cable-tying belts to assist during driver changes.

"I need to check that one hasn't slipped past the post, but our standard procedure forever has been cable-tying them," Dutton told the official site.

"We started doing that in the earlier days with Jamie [Whincup], spending a lot of time and effort on the belts, elastics and cable-ties.

"My understanding is that's what we've always done and I haven't seen otherwise in the car.

"I'm looking forward to a clarification [on the rules] because it means we can lock down exactly what we're doing [from Bathurst onwards].

"We've done what's been acceptable in the past, but if a clarification comes through to say it's not acceptable anymore, we're not going to argue with that."

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