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Munday, BAM! Heading Up Alfa Romeo TCR Effort

Tim Munday behind project to bring Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR stateside for IMSA, PWC competition…

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The Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR car is set to make its North American debut in both IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and Pirelli World Challenge competition next year, as part of a new project spearheaded by former American Le Mans Series entrant Tim Munday.

The ex-Champion Racing crew chief has resurrected his 24 Hours of Le Mans GT2 class-winning BAM! organization to serve as the North American representative for Romeo Ferraris, which builds the Alfa TCR car on behalf of the Italian manufacturer.

Munday has been designated as the car’s official agent for North and South America, with plans to run at least two cars of his own in PWC’s new TCR class next year, while supporting customers in both series.

His connection to the TCR platform, ironically, came through a competitor’s model in Europe earlier this year.

“I’ve been doing the Creventic series with a Honda for Insight Racing,” Munday told Sportscar365. “I tried to get a Honda deal [for North America] and HPD shot me down.

“Then I got talking with the Alfa guys. I’ve done a lot of Alfa historics in HSR. They were up for it and they gave me the deal.

“I’m in place to supply the cars to these championships.”

While the Giulietta is not for sale as a production car in North America, Munday said he’s received dispensation from IMSA to allow it in Continental Tire Challenge, and has also paid the required manufacturer marketing commitment on behalf of Alfa.

The South Florida-based Brit said he’s already received inquiries from six teams wanting to run the car in the new-for-2018 TCR class.

“It’s been running for three years; It was one of the first cars [in TCR],” Munday said. “It’s won races and has come close to the championship the first year and has won races this year. It’s big in Europe and has been doing great.”

Munday said he’ll have an Alfa TCR at Daytona for IMSA’s Balance of Performance test in December, where it will be joined by at least three other TCR models that are expected to compete in the class, which will compete alongside ST and GS next year.

“We’re hedging our bets at the moment,” he said. “But if it goes big like we think it will, it would be awesome. It would be like British Touring Cars in America.

“The racing should be awesome. The cars are cheap, powerful and fast.”

While supplying cars and technical support to customers, Munday said he’ll enter two cars in PWC next year, likely under the Alfa TCR banner, with himself as one of the drivers. 

Despite not currently having any direct manufacturer involvement, the team boss is hopeful the program could see support from Alfa in the future.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Mo

    October 24, 2017 at 9:32 am

    Alfa had a display of their cars at Petite. I was hoping that was a precursor of a not yet announced Alfa DPi. The TCR will do for now.

  2. Gene in Texas

    October 24, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    Can’t wait to see the TCR cars out there next year. Another (lower) level of financial commitment brings it within reach for more teams to get young drivers on the track in two great NA series.

  3. Also, Sell The Car Here

    October 24, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    So how are they doing this? Lower the TCR performance down or GT4 up?

    • Mo

      October 24, 2017 at 8:07 pm

      Apparently the TCR performance fits in between GT4 and ST.

      • Still Want That Alfa

        October 24, 2017 at 11:41 pm

        I wouldn’t of guessed that… isn’t it great when things just work out?

    • Passenger

      October 25, 2017 at 12:14 am

      Because of considering Maserati, don’t forget their GT4 can still be used in current GT4, although FCA doesn’t renew that car with refresh one when came out. It is very narrow and hard for Maserati and Alfa Romeo using lower budget to develop their racing cars and sure not affect each other and Ferrari.

  4. Chopper T

    October 25, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    Worked along side Tim over several great season’s. Hell of a nice guy and I am sure he will do very well. Best of “British” mate : ))

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