2016 CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship rookie Tyler Everingham has reflected on his debut motor racing season, after making the leap from karting to circuit racing at a national level in the space of 12 months.
Everingham teamed up with fellow newcomer squad Junior Racing Development, with the Victorian team also making their first foray into Formula 4 after successfully preparing Formula Vee machinery for several years.
“There’s definitely been some great improvements through the year,” Everingham said.
A fourth place finish at Race One in Sandown was a particular highlight, with Everingham and JRD’s confidence at a peak level at this point of the year.
“It has been a rollercoaster, we peaked in the middle of the year with my results with a best result of fourth.”
Whilst Everingham has adapted to a different style from karts to circuit racing, understanding telemetry data was a key point of Everingham’s development year.
“I’m still starting to get confident with the data, it’s all a learning curve and we’re getting there,” Everingham said.
With most Australian Formula 4 rounds supporting Supercars rounds, the experience of racing on the same circuits as Everingham’s idols was a particular thrill for the teenager.
“It’s an awesome experience, it’s not every day you get to share the same turf as Supercars,” Everingham said.
“It’s absolutely awesome getting to learn how the track changes, it’s just great being at the event!”
One of Everingham’s highlights of the year was a brave pass on Brenton Grove around the outside of Turn Seven at Sandown.
“I got a pretty good run off the corner beforehand, I thought I could make it stick. I gave it a go; it was a bit dusty on the outside which made it pretty challenging but I got it done,” Everingham said.
In the Burson Auto Parts Rookie of the Year standings, Everingham was third and seventh in the overall classification with 113 points – ahead of fellow rookies Jack Smith, Brenton Grove and Josh Conroy.