Carless Racing Fuels, the UK-based fuels brand of Haltermann Carless, has been announced as the title sponsor for the Historic Sports Car Club’s Thundersports series this season.

Carless Racing Fuels HSCC Thundersports is the title for the race series that was a huge success in its first season in 2019, when an average grid of 32 cars competed across three events. Although the 2020 season was heavily disrupted by the COVID pandemic, the series is set for an excellent year in 2021.

“Our Carless Racing Fuels are ideally suited for HSCC Thundersports and we are delighted to add our brand name to this fast-growing category. Through our partners at Vital Equipment, we will be providing a fuel service at these events and across the HSCC racing programme in 2021,” says Yann Labia, Global Manager Motorsports for Haltermann Carless Group.

This development is the next phase in the partnership between Haltermann Carless and the HSCC, which started in the Historic Formula Ford Championship in 2018. The success of that sponsorship has prompted the fuel supplier to move to Thundersports and introduce its products to a fresh group of HSCC competitors.

The high-profile Thundersports races at the Silverstone Classic will be repeated and will sit alongside visits to Donington Park, Brands Hatch Grand Prix, a season opener on the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit in May and the chance to race at Spa-Francorchamps in early October.

The series is open to cars of the type used in the World Championship, FIA GT Championship and FIA 2 Litre Sports Car Championship up to 1981, along with Can-Am sports-racing cars from the heydays of the category in the 1970s. Just as in period, Sports 2000s are an important part of the series with a dedicated class covering all Ford Pinto-engined cars from right through until 1990. There is an invitation class for other appropriate cars and suitable GT cars are being encouraged to join the grid.

The 2021 Carless HSCC Thundersports dates are:

22/23 May: Silverstone GP (International Trophy)

26/27 June: Donington Park

9-11 July: Brands Hatch Indy and GP (Legends of Brands Hatch)

30 July-1 August: Silverstone GP (Silverstone Classic)

1-3 October: Spa-Francorchamps (Classic Six Hours)

Andy Dee-Crowne, CEO of the HSCC, said: “This is another boost for Thundersports and is a logical step for the successful partnership between Vital Equipment, Haltermann Carless and the HSCC. We are very pleased to have the Carless Racing Fuels brand as title sponsors for Thundersports.”

A capacity entry is expected for the Thundersports races at the Silverstone Classic. If the entry is over-subscribed at the closing date, priority will be given to those drivers who have entered one or more Thundersports events earlier in the season. There are 50 places available on the grid for the Silverstone GP circuit and the Thundersports grid at the most recent Silverstone Classic in 2019 was over-subscribed.