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23 RED RACING
Untethering from an engineering customer deal such
as the one he has now with Tickford seems unlikely.
“Tickford is very good at engineering, that is undoubt-
edly their forte,” says Munday.
“They’ve got the staff, they have got the base and they
have the history. To me, having that engine deal, having
the engineering part of it, the shock information we get
through and all of the setups we need is important.
“We can concentrate on running a really good racing
team, not diversifying into building engines... so I think
long term I would stick with an engine deal and some-
one we can lean on in that space.”
Surely, then, being a customer limits the ambition of
what 23 Red Racing can achieve on the track?
“I think that gives us an advantage,” he counters.
“We are not being sidetracked into trying to do things
we are not set up to do. I have known Rod Nash for nearly
30 years and I have known Tim Edwards for nearly a
dozen years. Those guys are good to deal with and they
give straight answers and are straight shooters.”
As we finish up, sitting in a race shop that didn’t even
exist a few months ago, Munday turns philosophical.
“It’s always been an ambition of mine to own a
Supercars team, even though people say, ‘What a stupid
thing to do’ because you just tear up a lot of money. But
if you can run the thing successfully I think that this
could be a break-even or a little bit of money in it in a
couple of years. If it’s not I’ll move on and retire and go
fishing or something.” Then he laughs and adds: “No I
don’t fish... I won’t go fishing.”
So why 23 Red Racing? Turns out Munday’s birthday
is February 23 and he always bets on 23 Red. It’s proved
a winner for him more than once. Could the race team
do the same?
Rob Crawford is sitting in his office at 23 Red
Racing and he looks, well, relaxed.
In other words, completely different to the
stressed-out team boss of the Holden Racing
Team he used to be.
It’s a change of mindset and demeanour
that’s striking and one his new situation
directly contributes to.
“We haven’t got the sponsor pressure here to
go out and win day in and day out,” he says.
“Also, you just need to make it a good
healthy environment to work in.
“I need to make sure I don’t put too much
pressure on myself and everyone else in the
Rob Crawford mellowed? Seems so. He’s
done so much in his career and been so
uncompromising throughout it. He’s been in
Europe in Formula 1, won championships in
Supercars and worked for both Holden and
Nissan factory teams.
Now, after a couple of years in Asian GTs,
he’s come back to Supercars running a single
car that sits at the very back of the pitlane.
And he’s happy to do it!
“It’s a good opportunity to get back in
because I enjoy it,” he says.
“I missed it when I wasn’t doing it. I missed
the racing and the camaraderie with the guys
and all that sort of stuff. It’s a way of life. I
have been doing since I was 19.”
Crawford says a good aim for 23 Red Racing
in 2018 is be the best single-car team in the
Supercars championship standings. That
means topping Craig Lowndes, though that’s
going to be hard task.
“We need to do the best job we can at
every job we do and make that job perfect;
whether it’s in pitstops or servicing the car or
preparing the car, even filling out the admin
forms,” he says.
“It’s all about maximising everything we do
100 per cent.”
There’s a strong reminder of Crawford’s
factory Holden years ever-present at 23 Red
Racing and that’s driver Will Davison.
It’s a reunion of two men whose time together
at the Holden Racing Team ended badly. But
Crawford says those distant days are a non-
issue. If you can’t move on in motorsport then
you won’t survive.
“He’s great to work with and we are getting
on like a house on fire,” says Crawford on
“I think it’s refreshing for him to enjoy his
motor racing again.
“I get the feeling he didn’t enjoy it that
much last year [at Tekno Autosports].
“This year we are going out of our way to
make sure we enjoy it and not put an extreme
amount of pressure on ourselves.
“Just put enough on so we enjoy it!”
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