Spa Franchorchamps, Belgium, 27th September 2013: Rounds 5 and 6 of the SPEED EuroSeries at Spa Francorchamps on 28 – 29th September will carry the AD Team Tiga brand as the official Event Partner.
LMP racer and entrepreneur, Mike Newton, resurrected the Tiga marque in 2012 and has been running cars in the SPEED EuroSeries with AD Team Tiga. In June 2013, Mike announced his full ownership of Tiga Race Cars Ltd. At this event the team will be running the Tiga CN212B first seen at as well as continuing development of the CN212A.
The 12A will be retain the pairing of Mike Newton and Alan Bonner, and Alex Champkin will be running in the 12B.
“The support of the AD Team Tiga brand is exemplary,” says Oli McCrudden, SPEED EuroSeries coordinator. “As an international series we aim to take our racers to some of the best European circuits and Spa is a ‘must have’ on the calendar. This partnership will raise the profile of our season finale at Spa and give us a strong end to the season. I would like to thank Mike and his team for their continued support.”
The AD Team Tiga brand brings together Mike's day job as CEO and Chief Technology Officer of AD Group and founder of Dedicated Micros and his Tiga Race Cars initiative. AD Group provide specialised video surveillance solutions to transport, healthcare, retail, government and industrial sectors. Mike’s passion for sports proto racing is infectious. He stands among the most accomplished of non-professional racing drivers and can claim a string of top titles including the Le Mans Series LMP2 driver’s title in 2007 and 2010 and two class wins in the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2005 and 2006.
Tiga, a British constructor and race team founded in 1974 by two former Formula 1 drivers, Australian Tim Schenken and New Zealander Howden Ganley, constructed race cars for various forms of open-wheel and sportscar racing ranging from Formula Ford to the World Sportscar Championship.
Mike Newton (Tiga Cars) : “I am delighted to team up AD Team Tiga with Speed Euroseries at Spa. AD Group has, for many years, leveraged the race programme for high level business networking events with Group clients and the TransVu, mobile video surveillance solution is tested to the limits in the cars to show the robust nature of the Group's technology. As for Tiga, nearly 400 chassis were sold before 1989 and now Tiga Race Cards Ltd will be providing parts and support for the historic chassis from 1974 to 1989, as well as the current CN2 car development as well as the LMP2 project which is advancing steadily.”
Pauline Norstrom (AD Group): “AD Group's connection with Motorsport, for many years, has provided the Company with a highly appropriate marketing platform to enable engagement with key strategically important partners. The TransVu video surveillance solution, utilised by the public transport sector, has been tested to the limit while installed on LMP and CN prototypes, proving it to be the most robust and sophisticated video solution in the transport market. As Offical Event Partner, I am delighted that the AD and Tiga brands appear alongside each other at the Speed Euroseries Rounds 5 and 6 at Spa Francorchamps.”
About Tiga Race Cars Ltd.
Tiga cars were initially designed and built from 1974 and supplied varying formula: Formula Ford, Formula Ford 2000, Formula Atlantic/Pacific, Thundersports, Can-Am, Sports 2000, Formula K, IMSA, Group "C".
The cars scored numerous wins over a 15 year period.
Most notable championship wins were British Sports 2000 1979 to 82 and European Sports 2000 1983 to 85, SCCA U S National Championship 1980, Le Mans Group C 1985, World Championship Group C 1985, Daytona 24 Hours Camel Light 1987 to 88, IMSA Camel Light Championship 1988.
Almost 400 cars were built and sold in this period.
The company is now producing current generation race cars, including CN2 cars for the Speed Euroseries, and is also making Heritage parts available for the cars from 1974 to 1989.
The new Tiga LMP car has also just been confirmed as an active project being taken forward.
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Full Release here : 27th September 2013