ITV has confirmed that Toby Moody will be the new lead commentator for its British Touring Car Championship coverage.
Moody will join former BTCC title winner Tim Harvey in the commentary box for all ten events this season which will be broadcast live on ITV4 and ITV4 HD.
Although he has been the lead commentator for Eurosport’s MotoGP coverage for the past 15 years, Moody is first and foremost a ‘car nut’ and has followed the BTCC for more than two decades.
He replaces Ben Edwards, who has moved across to the BBC’s Formula 1 team.
Moody will also continue his popular commentary partnership with Julian Ryder on MotoGP races for Eurosport outside of his new BTCC commitments.
The 39-year-old told the official BTCC website: “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.”
Tony Pastor, Head of Production for ITV Sport, commented: “We were really sorry to see Ben Edwards leave our team but in Toby we feel we have a terrific replacement.
“The BTCC is a fabulous competition and we’re delighted to be its broadcast partner. We believe that Toby has the passion and knowledge to take the viewers inside the sport and at the same time give them a real sense of just how exciting these races are.
“We’re delighted to welcome him on board and I expect him to become a great asset to our sports commentating team.”
Tim Harvey said: “I’m also 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.”
The 2012 British Touring Car Championship begins in April, with Steve Rider and Louise Goodman returning to present ITV4’s comprehensive live race day coverage throughout the season.British Touring Car Championship 2012 – Calendar All races LIVE on ITV4 April 1 – Brands Hatch April 15 – Donington Park April 29 – Thruxton June 10 – Oulton Park June 24 – Croft August 12 – Snetterton August 26 – Knockhill September 23 – Rockingham October 7 – Silverstone October 21 – Brands Hatch GP