System 1 commentary icon Murray Walker dies aged 97

Walker served because the lead commentator for F1 protection in Nice Britain from 1976 till 2001, turning into an icon inside each motorsport and wider sports activities broadcasting.

In an announcement issued by the British Racing Drivers’ Membership on Saturday night, it was introduced that Walker had died on the age of 97.

“It’s with nice unhappiness we share the information of the passing of BRDC Affiliate member Murray Walker OBE,” the assertion reads.

“A buddy, a real motorsport legend, the nation’s favorite commentator and a contagious smile. Murray might be sadly missed, his mark and voice will stay on in motorsport and our hearts ceaselessly.

“We thank Murray for all he has completed for our neighborhood. Sending our love and ideas to Murray’s household and associates on this tough time.

“RIP our buddy.”

Walker started his commentary profession in 1948 after serving within the Second World Warfare, and initially centered on bike racing earlier than engaged on F1 within the Seventies.

Walker grew to become the everlasting lead commentator for the BBC’s F1 protection from 1976, and continued with the broadcaster till the TV rights switched to ITV for the 1997 season.

Following the change, Walker continued to steer the commentary earlier than his closing full-time race commentary on the 2001 United States Grand Prix. He obtained a BAFTA Particular Award for Contribution to Tv in 2002.

“Relaxation in Peace Murray Walker,” tweeted Martin Brundle, who served as Walker’s co-commentator from 1997 till his retirement.

“Great man in each respect. Nationwide treasure, communication genius, System 1 legend.”

“It’s with nice unhappiness that I’ve to tell Silverstone’s followers that Murray Walker died earlier right now,” stated Silverstone managing director Stuart Pringle in an announcement.

“He was to so many people followers of F1, the voice that epitomised the game we love. Educated past phrases and with a ardour that sometimes obtained the higher of him in commentary, he introduced the game and a few of its biggest moments to life in a manner that ensured they remained seared in our recollections for ever.

“A lot might be written concerning the influence that Murray had on the game and we’ll make a extra fulsome tribute sooner or later, however in the intervening time relaxation in peace Murray and thanks.”

System 1 stated in an announcement that the collection was “immensely unhappy to listen to that Murray Walker has handed away”.

The assertion added: “His ardour and love of the game impressed hundreds of thousands of followers world wide. He’ll ceaselessly be part of our historical past, and might be dearly missed.”

“Motorsport UK are saddened to listen to the information of the passing of Murray Walker,” learn an announcement from the UK’s motorsport governing physique.

“From the start of his journey, commentating at Shelsley Walsh to turning into the voice of System 1, Murray entertained generations of motorsport followers. Our ideas are along with his household and associates.”

 

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