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“If my confidence gets knocked around I am the
There have been some public misfires in the headlong
rush to reach the 2018 grid. Racer Cameron McConville
was initially named as team director, but that didn’t
happen. And former Australian sprinter John Stef-
fensen was meant to race a Porsche in the Carrera Cup,
but that plan got ditched too.
Munday is philosophical. Things weren’t working,
they had to change. Decisions had to be made. He
made them. That’s the thrust of it. If you’re getting the
impression Munday is an action man you’re getting the
gist of it.
Intrinsic to Munday’s plan to make 23 Red Racing
a profitable concern is growing the composites side of
the business. Which makes sense; he has been in smash
repairs all his adult life so why not do it in Supercars?
That composite department is already up and run-
ning. He’s got FG X and VF Commodore moulds and is
supplying panels to teams now. Next year he plans to
be supplying Mustang panels to whoever wants them.
Munday is taking advantage of the fact that there will
be no control over the production of Mustang panels.
That’s unlike ZB Commodore, over which Roland Dane
and Triple Eight have a monopoly.
“My whole life has been panel beating and panel shops
so it’s a natural thing for us to go in and make panels for
the cars. I think this could be a pretty successful business
on its own,” says Munday.
“The only thing that scares me is it’s not big enough
and I am most likely going to move composite into a
That’s Munday, making a buck is as natural as breath-
ing to this guy. But he’s also not scared to spend money
either. He’s got a solid naming-rights partner in Milwau-
kee Tools as well as supporting sponsors, but Munday’s
also investing his own money in the expensive early days
to make sure it’s all done right.
“I won’t tell you how much money I will contribute,”
he says. “I have other businesses and none of them
would have survived in the first three to five years with-
out money being put into them and this is no different.”
You have to tramp all the way to the end of pitlane at a
Supercars meeting to find 23 Red Racing. Down past Char-
lie Schwerkolt Racing, with which it shares a boom. This is
where LDM was anchored, but there’s a different atmos-
phere here now; more organised, calmer, better presented.
Although 23 Red Racing is young, it looks like it belongs.
There are hiccups and hold-ups, but there’s also prom-
ising speed. At times Davison’s been showing a clean
pair of heels to the Tickford Falcons.
“My goal is to get three podiums this year,” admits
Munday. “We’ll see how that goes.”
While he’s enjoyed the early success, Munday has also
been surprised by the change of mindset that comes
with swapping from team sponsor to owner.
As a sponsor he stuck his money in and got his pro-
motional return. As a team owner his business-oriented
mind never stops calculating the cost of racing.
“Like in Tassie,” he snorts. “[Michael] Caruso drilled
us in the rear – for the third time! – and that is $60,000
or $70,000 worth of damage being done and taken us
out of two races.
“So that frustrates me a lot. We know it’s motorsport
and it’s dangerous and there’s always pressure and all
that, but that has definitely changed my thinking. It
just makes me anxious because I think those things are
So get past 23 Red Racing’s growing pains and what’s
the big picture?
“Five years from now hopefully 23 Red Racing will
have established itself as a fairly serious competitor in
motorsport and I’d like to see us bring through some
kids who are standouts,” says Munday.
Worthy goals, but perhaps surprisingly there’s no
grand ambition to go it alone and build an empire.
“I’D LIKE TO SEE US BRING THROUGH SOME
KIDS WHO ARE STANDOUTS.”
23 Red Racing is
expanding its racing
program beyond just
BELOW: The single-car
team is campaigning an
ex-Tickford FG X Falcon
and plans to upgrade to the
Mustang in 2019.
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