Team 18 has announced the signing of Tyler Everingham to partner Scott Pye at the 2022 Repco Bathurst 1000.
Everingham will make his second start in the Great Race after he spearheaded the Garry Rogers Motorsport wildcard entry to a 19th place finish on debut in 2020.
The Dunlop Super2 Series frontrunner replaces James Golding, who was set to remain alongside Pye for Bathurst but stepped up into a full-time role at PremiAir Racing.
“It’s really exciting to team up with Scott Pye and Team 18 for the Bathurst 1000 this year,” said Everingham
“I’m extremely determined to make the most of this opportunity, it’s one of the best seats on the grid at the moment for a co-drive so it was pretty special to get the call up from Charlie to join the team for Bathurst.
“The wildcard in 2020 was extremely valuable, that was my first time in the 1000 and to be the main driver in that entry was a great experience. I had Richard Hollway as our engineer that year, so it’s cool to team up with him again and learn from him and Scott over the next couple of months as we prepare for the race.
“Scott has proven to be one of the top drivers at the mountain over the years, so I’ll be working hard with to soak up as much as I can from him to ensure we put ourselves in a good position to be a contender at the end of the race.
“The co-driver session at Sandown will be extremely valuable to work with Scott and the team to build those relationships and processes so we’re best prepared when we get to Mount Panorama.
“A massive thanks to Charlie Schwerkolt, Bruin Beasley, Scott Pye and everyone at Team 18 for the chance to join them and I can’t wait to turn my first laps with the team at Sandown.”
Everingham completes Team 18’s Bathurst line-up with Mark Winterbottom joined by Michael Caruso in the other entry.
“We’re extremely thrilled to welcome Tyler to the team to join up with Scott for Bathurst,” said Schwerkolt.
“We had a host of drivers to choose from for the seat and Tyler stood out amongst the pack for someone with his pace and experience at the mountain for his age.
“What really stood out for us was his attitude and approach to racing, he shows maturity well beyond his years and he has fitted in well with the crew for the time he has spent with the team already.
“Bathurst is only two months away, so we’ve already began to integrate him in with the team and we’ll be sure to give him plenty of miles between now and then with the co-driver session at Sandown, a ride day and a test day before we get to the mountain.
“We’re excited to encourage young talent into the championship and we’ll put our best foot forward to give him the tools to execute at his best for Scott and the team when we get to Bathurst.”