Tyler Everingham – “I know we can run at the pointy end”
National Trans Am Series convert Tyler Everingham is confident of improvement at Phillip Island as he targets a berth at the pointy end of the field.
Making his category debut alongside the experienced Dream Racing Australia crew at AWC Race Tasmania, a suspension problem ended Everingham’s charge in the final race where he emerged as one of the fastest drivers on the track.
Following a test last Wednesday at the venue set to host Round 2, Everingham is building his expectations steadily.
“It was pretty tough for a first round as we came off a pretty strong test at Winton and we headed over to Symmons Plains where I didn’t quite put it together,” he reflected.
“We were quite quick by the end of the weekend, I don’t think really showed, but it was a continually battle. I’m looking forward to Phillip Island, it should be good.”
Everingham highlighted building team rapport and acclimatising to the Hoosier tyre as areas he will focus on at Phillip Island.
“It’s probably more working around the tyre because it moves around so much and you have to load it the right way,” Everingham commented.
“Communicating with the team and trying to work out everyone’s language was the hardest part, but I was pretty happy by the end of the weekend. You can’t expect to be there straight away.
“I know we can run at the pointy end and it’s just about putting everything together to do it.”
Adapting to the cut and thrust of National Trans Am competition is another Everingham has to wrap his head around.
“It’s pretty hectic,” he described.
“Knowing who you are racing against, how they race is something I’m still learning, but we’ll get there.
“We definitely had good pace in that final race and it was going to be our best performance for the weekend until a mechanical failure forced us to retire. It was promising to come away with a bit of an improvement.”
Confidence is building for Everingham as he targets a rise in the standings at Phillip Island, lauding the team for its performance at Symmons Plains.
“Dream Racing Australia’s experienced was displayed as the crew was right on top of it at Symmons Plains, despite getting the car two weeks before including a test at Winton,” Everingham described the lead up. It was frantic knowing where the car was at and ensuring it was ready in time.
“I will be Just an improvement. If we can run at the pointy end, it’d be nice to put it together and get a result.”
Round 2 of the National Trans Am Series will be held alongside the Shannons SpeedSeries at Phillip Island on May 12-14.