Tyler Everingham has scored an unlikely start in this year’s Bathurst 1000 after a surprise mid-season switch.
Earlier this year, Garry Jacobson was focused from PremiAir Racing and James Golding duly drafted into the side.
Golding had been poised to join Team 18 alongside Scott Pye, with the team confirming as much earlier this year.
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However, with his release and move to PremiAir Racing, Team 18 was left looking for a new co-driver.
Now, Everingham will fly the flag for Dubbo and make just his second start in the Great Race.
At only 21 years old, the young gun is in the midst of his third full season of Dunlop Super2 Series competition.
He sits fourth in the standings with two wins to his name behind Declan Fraser, Cameron Hill and Matt Payne – all of whom will contest this year’s Bathurst 1000.
“I’m extremely determined to make the most of this opportunity,” Everingham said.
“It’s one of the best seats on the grid at the moment for a co-drive so it was pretty special to get the call up from Charlie [Schwerkolt, team owner] to join the team for Bathurst.”
Everingham made his Bathurst 1000 debut in 2020 as part of a wildcard cameo with Garry Rogers Motorsport.
He and co-driver Jayden Ojeda finished 19th that year in what was a bruising race for the duo, who finished 40 laps down.
“The wildcard in 2020 was extremely valuable, that was my first time in the Bathurst 1000 and to be the main driver in that entry was a great experience,” Everingham added.
“I had Richard Hollway as our engineer that year, so it’s cool to team up with him again and learn from him and Scott over the next couple of months as we prepare for the race.
“Scott has proven to be one of the top drivers at The Mountain over the years, so I’ll be working hard to soak up as much as I can from him to ensure we put ourselves in a good position to be a contender at the end of the race.”
Pye welcomed the youngster to the Mount Waverley side, who said he was keen to give an up-and-comer an opportunity.
“Communication is key within a race team and Charlie is a big advocate for that,” Pye said.
“We had a lot of open and ongoing discussions about who our co-driver was going to be. Once Tyler came up we kept a very close eye on him and he’s been doing a fantastic job in Super2 so he was really a no-brainer to get him locked away and it was a decision I was really happy with.
“It’s really important to support young talent coming through. I was there once and I was given my shot in the main game and grabbed it with both hands and did the best I could in my first endurance event, and I’m excited that we ‘re giving Tyler that opportunity as well, for him to get his first proper crack at Bathurst with us is a really good opportunity for him.
“He’s young and keen and I think in terms of our sport it’s really good to try and bring in new young talent as well and back what the junior categories are delivering. Tyler’s been doing a fantastic job so I think he’s going to be a great asset to our team.”
This year’s Bathurst 1000 takes place across October 6-9 at Mount Panorama.
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