Toby Moody joins ITV's BTCC commentary team
BTCC News | Sat 18th February 2012Toby Moody has been unveiled as ITV’s new commentator for the 2012 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.
By Matt Lamprell
Moody fills the gap left by Ben Edwards, who has joined the BBC’s Formula 1 line-up for 2012. He will take up the microphone alongside Tim Harvey.
Moody's voice will be familiar to many motorsport fans as he has spent the pas 15 years commentating on MotoGP for Eurosport.
Moody said, "I've got big boots to fill – Ben was a class act – but when the opportunity came up I had to go for it. The chance to commentate on a major sport with the BTCC's following and for ITV Sport was too good to miss and I’m over the moon to have been offered the job.
"I loved watching the Ford RS500s in the late Eighties and one of my first work experiences was actually with Prodrive when they ran the factory BMW M3s in the BTCC in 1990. I also had an involvement with the Nissan team in 1993. My father, though, was the commentator at Shelsley and I fancied a go – the next thing I'd been handed the microphone and had never been so nervous in my life!
"Then along came the bike work for Eurosport in 1996 – I've loved every minute of it and I'll still fit in every MotoGP round that doesn't clash with the BTCC this year. It's going to be a hectic but very enjoyable schedule...
"The BTCC really fascinates me. The action for the public is out of this world, plus the drivers are not wrapped up in cotton wool - they are free to speak their mind and that leads to some really interesting characters, incidents and storylines. It makes the BTCC an addictive soap opera for viewers and it's going to be a real honour conveying what is happening to the huge numbers of people tuning in."
Tim Harvey added: "I'm delighted to be working with Toby. He's a motor racing fan through and through and will bring enthusiasm, professionalism and humour to the commentary box."
Moody's first taste of commentating on the BTCC will be the opening rounds of the 2012 season over the weekend of 31 March – 1 April.