Tyler Everingham has impressed on-lookers and his supporters after a mature drive in his Garry Rogers Motorsport entry at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 on the weekend. Everingham and teammate, Jayden Ojedda were the youngest combined drivers in the field who finished an impressive 19th.
As we all know, the iconic Mountain can bite hard. However, despite limited track time Tyler Everingham showed skill and maturity throughout his Supercars Bathurst debut. At 19-years of age and previously only competing at Bathurst in the Dunlop Super2 Series, the Dubbo-born racer showed a level-headed drive proving his worth on the track.
“It was a really cool experience driving at the Bathurst 1000, I enjoyed every second of it,” admitted Everingham.
“I can’t thank my sponsors, family and Garry Rogers Motorsport enough for giving me the opportunity and getting me there.”
The #40 entry started from 24th after Friday’s qualifying session and raced as high as 15th throughout the 161-lap race. The duo’s lap times were fiercely competitive and were enough to keep them maintaining a decent time on the lead lap.
“I’m rapt with my drive overall, considering we’ve had limited track time and we weren’t too far off the times either,” said the 19-year old.
“To try and turn up to Bathurst having less time behind the wheel than most of the drivers and also in a main game car was a pretty big challenge, but I think we executed it pretty well and I’m happy with the results.”
Unfortunately, on lap 103 during the co-driver stint; Ojedda made contact with the wall and sustained a large amount of damage, forcing the GRM entry to the pits. The crew were able to fix up the car and Everingham returned to the track, with 0.8 of a lap left to classify and ultimately crossing the line in 19th.
“It was a little disappointing to watch the car go into the wall so close to the end; but that’s racing,” admitted Everingham.
“I think we were the bottom end of the top 15 at that point, so it was a little bit heartbreaking as to what could have been a better end result, but to have gotten that far in with no damage was still pretty good.
“The team did a mega job to get the car back out and in time to be classified so that we could finish the race, so that was really cool.”
Whilst the 2020 season is complete, Everingham now looks ahead to 2021 with plans yet to be announced.
“I’m looking forward to a bit of down time and I’ll also up my training in the off-season,” said Tyler.
“We don’t have official plans for 2021 as yet, so we’ll be working on that and sorting out our plans for next year.”
Thursday 15th October
Practice 1 – 25th
Practice 2 (co-driver) – 25th
Practice 3 – 25th
Friday 16th October
Practice 4 (co-driver) – 24th
Practice 5 – 25th
Qualifying – 24th
Saturday 17th October
Practice 6 (co-driver) – 25th
Practice 7 – 24th
Top Ten Shootout – NA
Sunday 18th October
Race 31 – 19th