Esteemed motorsport broadcaster and former racing driver Martin Brundle became the inaugural recipient of the new Murray Walker award at the Motorsport UK Night of Champions.
Brundle spoke to us on the night about what the award means to him, his fondest memories with Murray as well as his own racing career highlights, plus his advice on becoming a sports broadcaster and his thoughts on the 2023 F1 season.
The Murray Walker Award was introduced to recognise excellence in broadcast journalism. Murray Walker OBE was an icon of the sport, who quickly became known for his animated commentary of live #motorsport events. Following an incredible 50-year career in broadcast media, Murray passed away in March 2021, and is still fondly remembered by many as the voice of Formula 1.
This award is presented in his memory to prolong a lasting legacy for the much-loved commentator within the sport. A Le Mans winner in his own right, Martin joined ITV in 1997 to commentate on Formula 1 coverage alongside Murray and James Allen.
After a stint at the BBC alongside David Coulthard MBE, he joined Sky in 2011 ahead of the network creating a dedicated Formula 1 channel. Once described by The Times as “the greatest TV analyst in Formula 1 or any other sport,” he has been part of a commentating team to have won four BAFTAs and is well-known for his eventful live pre-race grid walks.