Young-gun Tyler Everingham has had a successful night in the BP Supercars All Stars Eseries last night, where the field headed to Phillip Island and Autódromo José Carlos Pace – GP (Interlagos), Brazil.
Qualifying was first up, where both sessions were tight. Everingham set his grid positions for the night in P22 and P20.
Phillip Island kicked off the virtual racing, with the race format 12-laps in length and one compulsory pit stop to be completed. The Anderson Motorsport driver played smart allowing the first group of cars to pit, ultimately putting the #77 Commodore into P10 by lap 4.
Everingham then made his compulsory pit stop on lap 5 and settled in behind David (Reynolds) in 13th. With just two laps to go, the wildcard entrant was able to make the most of a racing incident between Chaz (Mostert) and Shane (Van Gisbergen) and finished up 10th for the first race of the night, behind Scott (McLaughlin).
The next race saw the field head to Interlagos, Brazil; a fast paced and complicated circuit. Everingham got off to another great start and by lap two had managed to pick up three positions, putting him in 17th.
The Dubbo based driver took the chance to complete his compulsory stop on lap 6, changing tyres only and came out behind Todd (Hazelwood), where the duo had a close battle for 14th. Able to pick off a couple more positions before the chequered flag, the young rising star brought it home in P12.
The final race of the night, again at Interlagos was a longer stint with 20 laps and two compulsory pit stops, one requiring fuel as well as tyres. The race start was also a reverse grid, which meant Everingham would start from P18.
The race got off to a rocky start, contact in the first two corners resulted in Everingham being spun around and coming back on the track in 22nd place. Due to the number of cars damaged and off the track, a safety car was called in the opening lap. Everingham managed to not sustain a significant amount of damage and whilst the majority of the field chose to pit under the safety car the #77 Commodore stayed out, once again following behind McLaughlin in P5.
The Blue-Ribbon Legal Commodore made its first compulsory pit on lap 8 and managed to come out the other side in P14.
By lap 11, drivers began pulling in for their second pit stop, pushing Everingham further up the grid who was now in eighth.
The Anderson Motorsport entry then made his final pit on lap 14 of 20 and with the field now settling after majority had completed their two compulsory pit stops, the #77 ZB was now 20th.
By lap 18 Everingham had made his way into 18th and was chasing Jake (Kosteki), which is where he would finish for the final race.
Tyler Everingham reflects;
“I’m pretty happy with my results overall, especially being my first-time racing in the Series and it being majority of the drivers eighth round; so I’m stoked with how I went.
“I had a great run in the practice sessions during the day and come qualifying it was super tight. Everyone was driving really well during qualifying; they’ve been doing it for quite a while now so it’s quite a competitive field. It was quite hard to compete with, but even though I qualified 22nd and 20th, there wasn’t much separating first from last.
“It was a pretty cool experience; I had a lot of fun. It’s not very often you get to race around some of the big names like that, albeit virtually. I think I did a pretty god job and to get a top 10 result in one of the races was a great accomplishment and good fun.
“My plan heading into the night was to keep it clean and to try and stay out of the crashes that we see quite often through this virtual racing. I managed to do that and was able to come away with some great results, so I’m happy.
“To race against some of my idols was pretty special, although virtual but it was still a really great experience.
“A big thanks to Anderson Motorsport and all my sponsors for getting this deal together and also Supercars for giving me this opportunity. It was a great night and hopefully it’s not too much longer before we hit the real racetracks again!”
Race 24 – started P22 finished P10
Race 25 – started P20 finished P12
Race 26 – started P18 finished P18