AUG 26, 2018
Only a few short years ago Tyler Everingham was a kid burning around the Lincoln County Raceway at Brocklehurst in his go-kart.
He may still be young, now aged 17, but he’s gone further than even he could imagine.
Everingham has been crowned the winner of the 2018 Kumho Tyre Australian V8 Touring Car National Series, dominating the weekend’s final round in stunning fashion.
The series is two tiers below the V8 Supercars and the Dubbo teenager won by 33 points overall, the rapid development over such a short amount of time surprising even him.
“I didn’t expect to end up here at all,” he said, this year being his first in the V8 Touring Cars. It all started with just a fun go-kart race and it’s all happened quite quick. Now I’m racing on the same turf as the Supercars do and I’m driving an ex-Supercar. It’s pretty cool.”
Everingham headed into the weekend’s final round at the brand new The Bend Motorsport Park leading by just nine points overall from Zak Best.
The young pair had battled for the lead all season but in the weekend’s pressure situation it was Everingham who delivered in a massive way.
It all started with just a fun go-kart race and it’s all happened quite quick. Tyler Everingham
Having corrected the issue his car had been enduring at the start of recent races, he won all three events at the circuit to become the first national champion crowned at the South Australian venue.
It was an outright national victory for the open-wheel graduate, and the first Kumho Series title for his well-established and successful team, MW Motorsport.
“It was great. It all worked out,” he said. “We finally sorted the gremlins we had at the start so that was a big monkey off my back. I’d say that was my best showing this year.”
After winning the first two races of the weekend, Everingham needed to only finish in front of teammate Zak Best in the 9-lap finale to seal the title – but predictably things weren’t that straightforward.
A dramatic start saw Everingham slow away from pole position and there was plenty of contact during the opening lap, bending the the Dubbo youngster’s steering.
There was also a restart following an early safety car but Everingham ultimately fought his way to the front and stayed there to seal an emphatic overall victory.
“I was quite nervous (before the weekend) and I was not sure who it would all turn out,” Everingham said. But either way I would have been happy with the year and my development. I didn’t expect to progress this quick.”
The development is set to continue with the rising star eyeing off a place in the next Dunlop Super2 Series. That is the competition below the V8 Supercars. “It would be another big step up,” he said, before speaking about his goals. I’d say that (Supercars) would be a good way to go but I’m just seeing where this all takes me. But either way, I would like to becomes a known figure or a professional driver in this sport.”