Former Formula One commentator Murray Walker dies aged 97

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Legendary former Formula One commentator Murray Walker has died aged 97, the British Racing Drivers’ Club has announced.

“It’s with great sadness we share the news of the passing of BRDC Associate Member Murray Walker OBE,” it said.

“A friend, a true motorsport legend, the nation’s favourite commentator and a contagious smile.

“We thank Murray for all he has done for our community. RIP our friend.”

Walker’s broadcasting career spanned more than 50 years, working for the BBC and ITV, before he retired from commentating in 2001.

His voice provided the backing track to some of F1’s most iconic moments, from James Hunt’s 1976 championship triumph over Niki Lauda, to Nigel Mansell’s 1992 title triumph.

Martin Brundle, who commentated alongside Walker in the final years of his career, led the tributes on social media.

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Source: Sky News