Everingham’s Super2 season rescued

  • Dunlop Super2 Series
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  • 06/03/2020
  • By Connor O'Brien

Tyler Everingham’s rollercoaster start to 2020 has taken a new twist, with backers coming onboard to rescue his second Dunlop Super2 season.

From being a race winner in his rookie season and collecting the prestigious Mike Kable Young Gun Award, the 19-year-old was due to link with Anderson Motorsport for his second time around.

A deal was all but done, until a shocking crash at the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour – and the associated repair bill – derailed their plans.

A dejected Everingham sat out as the Super2 season got underway at Adelaide last month, with little hope of returning to the series.

Sponsors responded to the situation, however, and the Everingham/Anderson Motorsport combination will eventuate after all, from the second round at Tasmania onwards.

“First of all, a huge thanks to our sponsors who have come onboard to support my dream and get me back on the grid,” Everingham told Supercars.com.

“I can’t wait to reveal our 2020 livery closer to Symmons Plains.

“To get everything back together and in a direction where we want to head is pretty relieving, especially after how stressful it has been for the start of 2020 after the 12 Hour crash and just trying to make a deal happen.”

Based in Dubbo, roughly two hours from Anderson’s Bathurst headquarters, he will don the #7 in an ex-Walkinshaw chassis James Courtney steered to a memorable Adelaide race victory in 2016.

The one-car team, which contested the 2019 Super3 Series with Jayden Ojeda, has now secured vital support from Supercars squad Walkinshaw Andretti United.

“That’s a massive thing, to have people with as much knowledge and experience as them in your corner,” Everingham said.

Already more than 280 points down on Brodie Kostecki and Thomas Randle, Anderson Motorsport team owner Michael Anderson noted the year ahead will be all about hunting race wins and podium finishes.

“We definitely think we’re going to be a frontrunning contender,” he said.

“I don’t think there’s anyone in the current field that Tyler can’t beat and especially with the combination we’ve done with the car and engineering.

“We think we have probably got one of the best cars on the grid and I feel we’ve got the number one driver in the car to be able to deliver that too.”

Everingham added: “The championship is out of reach but we’re definitely going to be out there for results and try to prove what we can do.

“We’ve got a pretty good crew behind us so it’s an amazing opportunity to get back on the grid.

“There’s a lot of good drivers in the series, so I’ll just try to get in there and rub shoulders with them a bit and show what we can do.”

Anderson Motorsport will run Everingham in their VF Commodore at a test day in the lead-up to the Tyrepower Tasmania Super400 on April 3-5.

Their addition means the grid is set to rise to 14 cars for Symmons Plains, with further increases mooted from Townsville onwards.

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