ITV Sport has confirmed that David Addison is to take on the role of lead commentator for its coverage of both the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship and the Porsche Carrera Cup GB.
Addison will commentate alongside former BTCC champion Tim Harvey at each of the ten events that make up the 2013 schedule and replaces Toby Moody, who has been unable to continue in the role due to his MotoGP commitments with Eurosport.
Addison comes to the role having worked in a range of different championships over the years and he admitted he couldn't wait to get started.
“I'm absolutely thrilled to be joining ITV4 for this year's BTCC,” he said. “The championship gives the best racing in the country and that, coupled with the superb television coverage, makes it a dream job. To be working with Steve Rider, Tim Harvey, Louise Goodman and the rest of the ITV team is a huge honour and I can't wait to get started.
“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 also features 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!”
Series director Alan Gow was quick to welcome Addison – who produces the event programmes for a number of circuits on the calendar – into the role.
“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,” he said. “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.”