Young gun Tyler Everingham is set to take on the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 this weekend, alongside teammate Jayden Ojeda. Some of the youngest drivers in the field, the two have a combined age of 40 years; younger than some of their competitors.
Although previously raced at this track in the Dunlop Super2 Series, it’ll be Everingham’s first time in the main-game series. As they say, age is just a number and Everingham is looking forward to tackling the Mountain and racing against some of the greats.
“I’m feeling a little nervous, but this is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I’m really looking forward to it,” admits Everingham.
“It’s pretty cool to be able to make the grid at Bathurst, there is so much excitement as soon as you get onto the track; so I’ll certainly be soaking it up.
“Whilst I’ve stepped up my training regime, I’ve spent a couple of days fishing last week to try and relax and reset, so I definitely feel that I am ready.”
Driving for Garry Rogers Motorsport in a ZB Commodore, Everingham will pair up with Super2 competitor, 21-year old Jayden Ojeda. Whilst the duo haven’t raced together before, the next few days will be critical for them as they spend some time together practicing their driver changes ahead of the great race.
“I’m really looking forward to driving with Jayden. I haven’t driven with him before or had him as a teammate, so it’ll be a bit of a learning curve for both of us,” said the 19-year old.
“The most important part is driver changes, so we’ll certainly be practicing those over the next few days, but I’m confident that we’ll be as strong as all the other teams in pit lane.”
Known as the Mountain for good reason, this iconic circuit doesn’t make it easy for anyone and looking ahead at the weather, it is likely rain will fall across the weekend.
“The rain doesn’t bother me, it’ll certainly bring an extra factor into the race weekend,” said the Dubbo born racer.
“It’ll make the conditions tricky that’s for sure, but we’ll definitely be prepared either way.”
Being a once in a lifetime opportunity, there is no denying that the 19-year old will be pushing hard, but also making the most of the occasion.
“I don’t really have any preconceived expectations for this weekend. My focus is getting the best result we possibly can,” said Everingham.
The Virgin Australia Supercars hit the track for practice 1 Thursday 15th October, with practice sessions continuing on Friday before a top ten shootout on Saturday to determine the grid ahead of the 1000km race on Sunday 18th October.
The iconic race will kick off at 11:30am local time and will be broadcast on Channel 10, Kayo and FoxSports.
Check the TV Guide for exact times – https://www.supercars.com/tv-schedule/