David Addison Confirmed as ITV’s Lead Commentator
Update: We had the chance to talk to David Addison about his new appointment.
David Addison has been confirmed as ITV Sport’s lead commentator for the 2013 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, and also the Michelin Porsche Carrera Cup GB.
The 40 year-old, who has commentary experience dating back to the early 1990s, will replace Toby Moody, who is returning to his Moto GP duties full-time this year.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to be joining ITV4 for this year’s BTCC,” said Addison. “The championship gives the best racing in the country and that, coupled with the superb television coverage, makes it a dream job.
“The first BTCC race I saw was in 1978 and I’ve seen the championship evolve ever since, through multi-class races, Super Touring and now the NGTC era. All have given great racing, but 2013 offers a bigger entry than single-class BTCC has ever had, four former champions on the grid, new tyre regulations and the promise of the best-ever season of racing.
“There’s going to be a lot going on for Tim and I to describe, but with new cars, new teams, returning drivers, it is a challenge to relish. Roll on Brands Hatch at the end of March!”
ITV also confirmed that Steve Rider, Tim Harvey and Louise Goodman would be returning to BTCC fans’ screens this year.
Tony Pastor, who is the controller of ITV Sport, commented on the announcement:
“We are delighted to welcome David to our BTCC team and believe that his extensive knowledge of the championship and his authoritative delivery will be popular with our viewers.
“The BTCC has provided some truly memorable moments for ITV and we believe David’s passion for motorsport will do justice to those moments. We look forward to David and our excellent co-commentator Tim Harvey describing what we believe will be another nail-biting season – particularly with four champions out on the grid.
“We thank Toby Moody for his hard work in 2012 and wish him all the best with his MOTO GP commitments.”
Tim Harvey, who has worked alongside Ben Edwards, John Hindlaugh and Toby Moody in the ITV commentary booth, also welcomed the news: “I am delighted to be working alongside David this year. I have known him for many years and his knowledge and passion for the BTCC are unrivalled. BTCC fans can rest assured that the hot seat in the commentary box is in good hands.”
BTCC Series Director Alan Gow told BTCC.net: “David has been an intrinsic part of the BTCC paddock for many years and we’re delighted that he’ll be taking up the role as ITV commentator. David is experienced and knowledgeable about motor sport and BTCC in particular, so I am sure he will hit the ground running when the series gets underway at Brands Hatch. He will do a fine job in conveying the action to the many people watching on television.”
Article originally written on Thursday, 28 February 2013. Read more articles from the BTCC Crazy Archive.