The FIA World Endurance Championship has announced the line-up for the 2017 live TV broadcast team today.
Headlining the team will be one of the modern greats of endurance racing, Allan McNish. The former Audi Sport driver retired from the cockpit at the end of 2013, and has since used his decades of experience, natural charm and communication skills to become an in-demand expert commentator and analyst for the BBC and Sky Sports in the UK, SPEED TV in the USA and Star TV across Asia.
Allan McNish, who will be at 6 WEC rounds, will be joined in the commentary booth by two extremely experienced, well-respected, and multi-discipline commentators who will, between them, cover all eight rounds of the WEC – the 24 Hours of Le Mans broadcast package being a separate entity.
British sports broadcaster Toby Moody rejoins the WEC circus where he originally covered the 2015 season for Quest TV in the UK. Moody has commentated extensively on both two and four-wheeled world championships, and who brings with him decades of experience and skills in live event, play-by-play presentation. He will cover the 6 Hours of Silverstone, the 6 Hours of Nürburgring and the 6 Hours of Bahrain.
Next up is another Brit, Martin Haven, well-known to endurance fans far and wide as he has covered endurance racing for the last 20 years for broadcasters in Europe and the USA, particularly for Eurosport at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Martin will cover the WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, 6 Hours of Mexico, 6 Hours of COTA, 6 Hours of Fuji and 6 Hours of Shanghai.
Louise Beckett returns to the championship for the fifth year to support the new team from the pits and paddock.
Dailysportscar.com’s Graham Goodwin will also be part of this new commentary team, strengthening the WEC TV broadcasts throughout the 2017 season as well as covering the whole of the European Le Mans Series.
“We believe that one of the reasons for the WEC’s current success in today’s motorsport world is that we try not to rest on our laurels” said WEC CEO Gérard Neveu. “We are always looking to innovate and re-energise the championship in every area.
“John Hindhaugh, who has been our lead commentator until now, has decided to return to his first love of radio commentary, and we want to thank him for the great job he has done, and for his contribution to the championship.
“We are sure we will have an opportunity to work together again in the future but, for this year, we are very enthusiastic about our new broadcast team and the season ahead.”