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Published on February 18th, 2012 | by Seán Ward

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Toby Moody New BTCC Commentator for ITV

Toby Moody will join BTCC title-winner Tim Harvey in the commentary box for the 2012 British Touring Car Championship.

Moody claims he’s been a massive BTCC fan for over twenty years, but has settled for commentating on MotoGP for Eurosport for the past fifteen.

“I’ve got big boots to fill,” said Moody. “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.”

Head of Production for ITV Sport Tony Pastor said “We were really sorry to see Ben Edwards leave our team but in Toby we feel we have a terrific replacement.

“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.”

The first round of the 2012 BTCC will be held at Brands Hatch, Kent, on Sunday 1st April.

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