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Old 25 Feb 2019, 10:15 (Ref:3886480)   #1
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HSCC Pre 80 Endurance becomes Thunder Sports

Announcement from the HSCC which makes a deal of sense considering the cars permitted:


News from the Historic Sports Car Club
Monday 25 February 2019
HSCC revives Thundersports title
The Historic Sports Car Club has announced that it is bringing back the famous Thundersports brand.
HSCC Thundersports is the fresh branding for the Club’s pre ’80 Endurance Series, which will have pairs of half-hour races on the Silverstone and Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuits as well as a double-header at Spa-Francorchamps.
The new title will evoke memories of the popular Thundersports series of the 1980s, which was created by John Webb at Brands Hatch. First run in 1983, the series was open to a wide range of sports and sports-racing cars and that ethos will be reflected in the HSCC race series. Webb, now 88-years-old, said: “I’ll be absolutely delighted to see the Thundersports name in use again.”
In the 1990s, the Thundersports tag was taken up by the HSCC for the RJB Mining Thundersports Championship and used from 1992 to 2001. Former Grand Prix driver Mike Wilds was a Triple RJB Thundersports champion in the Chevron B31/36 of the late Richard Budge and the Pre ’80 series later grew out of the RJB Championship.
This will be the fourth season of the HSCC-organised series. Cars of the type used in the World Endurance Championship, FIA GT Championship and FIA 2 Litre Sports Car Championship will race, along with Can-Am sports-racing cars from the heydays of the category in the 1970s. Just as in period, Sports 2000s will be encouraged into the series with a dedicated class covering all Ford Pinto-engined cars from right through until 1990.
The 2019 HSCC Thundersports dates are:
May 18/19 Silverstone GP (International Trophy)
June 29/30 Brands Hatch GP (Legends of Brands)
September 27-29 Spa-Francorchamps (Classic Six Hour meeting)
Andy Dee-Crowne, CEO of the HSCC, said: “The Thundersports title will bring back great memories for many people and we’re keen to re-create those fantastic races with strong and varied grids of spectacular sports and sports-racing cars. We can also offer competitors excellent value for money track time at three of the world’s finest race tracks. Back in the day, Thundersports was chosen to support the Formula 1 World Championship at Brands Hatch and we’ll be back on the Brands GP circuit at the end of June.”
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Old 25 Feb 2019, 12:01 (Ref:3886502)   #2
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Back in the day, Thundersports also included Clubmans cars.....
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Old 25 Feb 2019, 12:18 (Ref:3886506)   #3
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Thank so for posting the announcement, Bruce. Young Will spotted that HSCC had changed the series title a few days ago, and mentioned the fact on the calendar thread.

Good now to have it official!
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Thank so for posting the announcement, Bruce. Young Will spotted that HSCC had changed the series title a few days ago, and mentioned the fact on the calendar thread.

Good now to have it official!

Sorry, I had missed the earlier post, please delete/combine if appropriate.
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Sorry, I had missed the earlier post, please delete/combine if appropriate.
I see no reason not to leave it as is, Bruce! Not a problem for me, but if Peter, John or Tim decide otherwise, so be it.....
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I suggested it went back to 1 hour 2 driver but that has fell on deaf ears . We had a lot of fun back in the day with the sports 2000 battling against Lola T 70. Ect .
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I suggested it went back to 1 hour 2 driver but that has fell on deaf ears . We had a lot of fun back in the day with the sports 2000 battling against Lola T 70. Ect .
Would have been good VfM and with the opportunity to share costs. What's not to like?
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Hi Guys

We will be supporting Thundersports again this year with McLaren Can-Am cars of our own and our customers. I think it is quite an underrated series that has gone under the radar for a while now, the 3 races are on superb GP tracks at top meetings and it is real fun - there is quite a relaxed atmosphere with a great bunch of competitors and decent track time value for money !

The two race arrangement works very well for us with the bigger cars, getting enough fuel on board some of the Can-Am cars can be a problem for longer events! It also of course means that if you have any issues in the first race you have another chance in the second race.

Looking forward to Silverstone already !!

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Hi Guys

We will be supporting Thundersports again this year with McLaren Can-Am cars of our own and our customers. I think it is quite an underrated series that has gone under the radar for a while now, the 3 races are on superb GP tracks at top meetings and it is real fun - there is quite a relaxed atmosphere with a great bunch of competitors and decent track time value for money !

The two race arrangement works very well for us with the bigger cars, getting enough fuel on board some of the Can-Am cars can be a problem for longer events! It also of course means that if you have any issues in the first race you have another chance in the second race.

Looking forward to Silverstone already !!

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Hello Richard.

What Mclarens do you run as they're quite popular in the series.I believe the three last year?
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Last year we ran our own M6B and we were also prepping the M1A that we recently rebuilt for Andrew Wareing. Hopefully we should be doing more of the same this year plus I am trying to persuade a few more guys to bring their later Can-Am cars out !
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Last year we ran our own M6B and we were also prepping the M1A that we recently rebuilt for Andrew Wareing. Hopefully we should be doing more of the same this year plus I am trying to persuade a few more guys to bring their later Can-Am cars out !
Hopefully the JCB M8F etc can come out more aswell.
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