When most 17 years old say they’re preparing for “a whole new world” it refers to the leaving of school and the start of their working life.
Not for Tyler Everingham.
His world is vastly different this year as he prepares to begin life racing in the V8 Touring Car Series.
Everingham has finished his time in Formula 4 racing and this year will be driving ex-supercar in a series which is just two steps below the Supercars Championship.
“I’m definitely keen. It’s a completely different world to what I’m used to,” he said.
“I’ve had some experience with the tin tops (sedans) but nothing like the speeds of these so it will take some getting used.”
Everingham is all too aware it’s going to take time to master his new car but that doesn’t mean he’s settling for second best this year.
The Touring Car Series start the weekend of April 22 and the Dubbo youngster has eyes set on a place in the top five from the start.
It’s a completely different world to what I’m used to.Tyler Everingham
And despite only one real testing day in the car and just one before that race, there’s no sign of nerves, just anticipation.
“Getting to learn a completely new car and tyre and hopefully building a relationship with the team and progressing,” he said of his hopes for 2018.
While it’s all competition from here on out and there will be plenty of pressure, this series marks just the next step on Everingham’s path.
The youngster created plenty of excitement during his time in Formula 4 and he admits he had fun there, but he also said it’s time for “bigger and better things”.
And this series can help him reach his goal, which at the moment is driving in the Supercars and cementing a career in Australia behind the wheel.
Everingham is hopeful being part of the leading MW Motorsport team and learning as he goes with the 600 horsepower ex-supercar FG Falcon can help him achieve that.
“It’s absolutely awesome and awesome to align with a team that’s not only on the third step to Supercars but also to the second step to Dunlop,” he said.
Everingham added he and his family have been “absolutely amazed” by the support from fans near and far, but also businesses.
”We couldn't do it without that local support,” he said.
“It was pretty tough when we started in Formula 4 but now we’re starting to progress.”
Progress is a big word for Everingham and he’ll get his first chance to impress from April 20-22.
There, Everingham will debut in the Touring Car Series and his events will play as a support category to the WD-40 Phillip Island 500 Supercars action.
The first round of races will be shown live on Fox Sports.
Everingham added he is hopeful of getting some time on the MARC Cars and Productions Cars series’ this year, as well.