The location alongside Pye, a two-time Great Race podium finisher, had become among the last remaining seats after James Golding took a full-time opportunity with PremiAir Racing.
Having initially looked beyond Australia, with Earl Bamber the initial driver to be approached for the unexpected vacancy, the Holden squad later focussed on local talent.
Super2 race winner Tyler Everingham was long rumoured to function as front-runner for the seat, the 21-year-old now locked into the drive.
This is his second Bathurst 1000 drive after his involvement in the Garry Rogers Motorsport wildcard in 2020.
He’ll drive the Team 18 car for the very first time in the dedicated co-driver session at Sandown this weekend.
Its really exciting to synergy with Scott Pye and Team 18 for the Bathurst 1000 this season,” said Everingham.
Im extremely determined to help make the the majority of this opportunity, its among the best seats on the grid right now for a co-drive so that it was pretty special to find the contact from [team owner] Charlie [Schwerkolt] to become listed on the team for Bathurst.
The wildcard in 2020 was extremely valuable, that has been my first-time in the 1000 also to function as main driver for the reason that entry was an excellent experience. I had Richard Hollway as our engineer that year, so its cool to synergy with him again and study from him and Scott on the next month or two as we plan the race.
Scott has shown to be among the top drivers at the Mountain through the years, so Ill be spending so much time to absorb just as much as I could from him to make sure we put ourselves in an excellent position to become a contender by the end of the race.
The co-driver session at Sandown will undoubtedly be extremely valuable to utilize Scott and the team to create those relationships and processes so were best prepared whenever we reach Mount Panorama.”
Pye welcomed Everingham to the squad for the fantastic Race.
Its really exciting to possess Tyler locked in, Im looking towards addressing the Mountain and having Tyler locked away now means we are able to begin to really focus and push forward with this preparation into that event,” he said.
Communication is key inside a race team and Charlie is really a big advocate for that. We’d plenty of open and ongoing discussions about who our co-driver would be. Once Tyler came up we kept an extremely close eye on him and hes been performing a fantastic job in Super2 so that it really was a no-brainer to obtain him locked away also it was a choice I really was pleased with.
Its important to aid young talent coming through. I was there once and I was presented with my shot in the primary game and grabbed it with both of your hands and did the very best I could in my own first endurance event, and Im excited which were giving Tyler that opportunity aswell, for him to obtain his first genuine crack at Bathurst around is a excellent chance for him.
“Hes young and keen and I believe when it comes to our sport its excellent to generate new young talent aswell and back what the junior categories are delivering. Tylers been performing a fantastic job therefore i think hes likely to be considered a great asset to your team.
Bathurst is approaching fast, we’ve Sandown in the short-term with a co-drivers session there, so hopefully that practice goes well for him and gets an excellent feel of the automobile.
“But Bathurst is really a race that you see all year. Straight line speed is really a huge one there, so our preparation has certainly begun and my way of thinking around has been ongoing for a long time, so Im excited to access the mountain also it cant come quickly enough.