Munday: Comfortable timeline for Tickford Mustang builds
Milwaukee Racing owner Phil Munday believes that there will be no rush to finish his and Tickford’s Mustangs before Supercars testing begins for 2019.
Munday has moved his 23Red Racing entry to Campbellfield to run out of Tickford Racing this year, although the former factory team will still campaign a total of four Fords this year having handed back one of its Racing Entitlements Contracts.
The former smash repairer is, however, producing most of the body panels for the cars at his Kilsyth workshop which housed 23Red Racing this year.
While some Holden teams were frustrated by delays on receiving panels for the introduction of the ZB Commodore last year, the allied Victorian Ford teams are on schedule to have a full complement of body panels in time for testing in February.
“We’re pumping panels out of there; they’re getting picked up each day,” Munday confirmed to Speedcafe.com.
“We’re just trying to build enough panels at the moment to get the cars finished but from there on we’ve got the spares to build.
“Certainly, by early January we’ll have all the panels made for the cars and then we’ll start on the spare parts.”
While there will initially be four Mustangs housed out of Campbellfield, Munday’s spare chassis is also being converted from an FGX Falcon to a Mustang for possible use as a wildcard entry.
Work on the fourth Mustang is due to start soon after the conversion of Munday’s main chassis, which Munday says is also going to plan.
“They’re picking back up straight after Christmas and then into the fourth one,” he told Speedcafe.com recently.
“Then of course there will be all the painting and refitting and all back out again and getting it ready, which will take up most of January I think into the early part of February.
“But certainly we are ahead of where we thought we would be.
“By the sounds of it we are way ahead of where the Commodores were last year so that’s what we’ll see.”
Will Davison will continue to race the 23Red Mustang in something of a return to Campbellfield for the former driver of what was then known as Ford Performance Racing.
New recruit Lee Holdsworth, Chaz Mostert, and Cameron Waters, will race the Tickford Mustangs, while Shell V-Power Racing’s two entries make for at least six of the Ford hero cars on the grid in 2019.