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1989 TIGA GC289

 

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Make

GC289

Model

1989

Year

372

Chassis number

ALUMUNIUM HONEYCOMB UNIBODY

Chassis

KEVLAR CARBON FIBRE

Body

COSWORTH DFZ V8 3,5 LITRE

Engine

520 HP @ 9 500 RPM

Power

HEWLAND 5 SPEEDS

Gearbox

800 KG

Weight

 

During the 1980s, Tim Schenken and Howden Ganley, the founders of the Tiga brand, built numerous chassis for the C2 category. These two former Formula 1 drivers, with the first two letters of the first name of one, "Tim", and of the surname of the other, "Ganley", forming the name "Tiga", produced more than 400 cars before ceasing operations in 1989. Tiga chassis were entered for the Sports Cars World Championship (and in particular at the Le Mans 24 Hours) but also for the Interseries, and in America for the US IMSA Lights series.

Today, TIGA GC cars are very popular in modern Group C series. They are extremely competitive in GROUP C2 class.

#372 is the 1989Tiga works car and it proved to be very competitive in period:

Race history:

Le Mans 24 Hours - 24 Heures du Mans - 11.6.1989

# 107 Tiga Race Team

Driven by: Max Cohen-Olivar (MA)/John Sheldon (GB)/Robin Donovan (GB)

listed, never drove: Jari Nurminen (SF)

Result: did not finish (Drive shaft)

Grid: 50th (3:47.030) - 52nd fastest qualifier

 

World Sports Prototype Championship Jarama - II Trofeo Repsol Jarama - 25.6.1989

# 107 Tiga Race Team (GB)

Driven by: Jari Nurminen (SF)/Mario Hytten (CH)

Result: 18th

Grid: 20th (1:24.471)

 

World Sports Prototype Championship Brands Hatch- WSPC  - 23.7.1989

# 107 Tiga Race Team (GB)      

Driven by: John Sheldon (GB)/Mario Hytten (CH)

listed, never drove: Jari Nurminen (SF)

Result: 18th

Grid: 35th (1:24.805) - 38th fastest qualifier

 

World Sports Prototype Championship Donington   Wheatcroft Gold Cup - 3.9.1989

#107 Tiga Race Team (GB)

Driven by: Jari Nurminen (SF)/Tony Trevor (GB)

listed, never drove: John Sheldon (GB)

Result: 13th 1st in C2

Grid: 29th (1:28.559)

 

BRDC C2 Championship Brands Hatch Easter Championship Races - 16.4.1990

#2 Andrew McAlpine (GB)

Driven by: Andrew McAlpine (GB)/Chris Hodgetts (GB)        Result: 5th

Grid: 5th

 

British C2 Championship Thruxton BARC Championship Raceday - 7.5.1990

#2  Andrew McAlpine (GB)

Driven by: Andrew McAlpine (GB)/Chris Hodgetts (GB)

Result: 2nd

Grid: 4th

 

Interserie Brands Hatch Brands Hatch Interserie Cup - 22.7.1990

#2 McNeil Engineering/Claessen Pupms (GB)

Driven by: Andrew McAlpine (GB)/Chris Hodgetts (GB)

listed, never drove: Ross Hyett (GB)

Result: did not finish - Heat 1: did not finish ; Heat 2: started, result unknown

Grid: 11th (44.690)

 

BRDC C2 Championship Donington Esso British Touring Car Championship - 15.9.1990

#2 Andrew McAlpine (GB)

Driven by: Andrew McAlpine (GB)/Chris Hodgetts (GB) 

Result: 2nd

Grid: 2nd (1:27.170)

 

Interserie Zeltweg II Interserie Coupe Final Zeltweg - 14.10.1990

#16 McNeil Engineering (GB)

Driven by: Andrew McAlpine (GB)/Ross Hyett (GB)

Result: 11th - Heat 1: 13th ; Heat 2: 11th

Grid: 13th (1:43.984)

 

Interserie Brands Hatch Interserie Coupe 1991 Brands Hatch - 28.7.1991

#65 McNeil Engineering (GB)

Driven by: Ross Hyett (GB)/Andrew McAlpine (GB)

Result: 10th - Heat 1: 5th ; Heat 2: 12th

Grid: 10th (42.740)

 

Interserie Brands - 26.7.1992

#52 McNeil Engineering (GB)

Driven by: James Taylor (GB)

Result: 17th - did not finish (Off course) - Heat 1: 20th - did not finish (Off course) ; Heat 2: 15th

Grid: 13th (43.280)

 

Interserie Zolder Internationale AvD - EG - Troophy Zolder - 9.8.1992

#52 McNeil Engineering (GB)

Driven by: James Taylor (GB)

Result: 11th - did not finish - Heat 1: 15th - did not finish ; Heat 2: 8th

Grid: 9th (1:40.900)

Interserie Most Mezinárodní závody automobilů, Interserie - 30.8.1992

#52  McNeil Engineering (GB)

Driven by: James Taylor (GB)

Result: 8th - Heat 1: 8th ; Heat 2: 8th

Grid: 11th (1:28.267)

 

Interserie Jarama Campeonato de Espana Turismos        - 1.11.1992

#52  McNeil Engineering (GB)

Driven by: James Taylor (GB)

Result: 10th - Heat 1: 12th ; Heat 2: 11th

Grid: 13th

 

Interserie Donington         Interserie Coupe - 26.9.1993

#61 McNeil Engineering (GB)

Driven by: Andrew McAlpine (GB)/Mike Youles (GB)

Result: 14th - did not finish - Heat 1: did not finish ; Heat 2: 10th

The car is today eligible for the Group C Racing Championship for which it has been entered for several years now. It distinguished itself in 2019 by quite simply winning the two first races of the season in Barcelona.