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What race equipment do I need?

Before your first race, you will need race kit. In basic form, this means helmet, overalls, gloves and racing boots as an absolute minimum. Fireproof underwear and balaclava are also recommended and, in many series, obligatory. Many of the top race series also require the use of a HANS (head and neck safety) device, designed to reduce the risk of neck injury in certain types of accidents, and itís certainly something you should seriously consider no matter what level of racing you are planning. The price of HANS kits is now down to around £500 and they are increasingly common across all forms of racing.

How much you spend is really down to you, but a budget of anything between about £750 and £2,000, and maybe more, is not unreasonable to cover good quality kit. Our advice is to buy the best kit you can sensibly afford. We hope you will never need it, but if you do, you'll be glad you didn't skimp.

Racewear suppliers can be useful sources of advice about race equipment and make sure you check about longevity, as things like helmets and overalls have a well-defined legal life. Youíll find supplier ads in most of the motorsport press, but thereís nowhere better to start than the advertisers on MotorsportAds!  Here's some useful suppliers:

MSAR safety - specialists in competitor protective equipment 
MotorsportRacewear.co.uk - new and pre-owed racewear 

If youíre planning to run the car yourself, youíll obviously need a lot more than this: mechanicís gear, tools, spare parts, jerry cans, trailers or transporters, the list is almost endless and not one that we can fully cover here.

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