Swindon sports commentator in running for national award

Great news that our client, Chris Dawes, was nominated for this national competition. We’ll get to find out the results on December 9. Fingers crossed!

Swindon businessman Chris Dawes has been nominated for a national award to find the UK’s favourite motorsports commentator.

Chris is a professional commentator, who also runs Open Dawes Training, providing public speaking and presentation training. He’s in the running for Commentator of the Year in the annual awards run by Motorsport Media, which broadcasts Motorsport Radio.

Chris is a regular commentator at Wiltshire’s Castle Combe circuit where his commentating career started.

He’s just completed his seventh professional year of commentating and is one of the most sought-after, with only one weekend away from the microphone between March and November. He commentates and presents at events held at circuits across the world, with UK venues also including Silverstone, Brands Hatch, Donington Park, Snetterton, Oulton Park, and Cadwell Park.

“I am completely blown away to have been nominated,” said Chris. “I’m a huge motorsports fan and to have been able to turn my hobby into a career as a commentator is a real honour.”

Chris first fell in love with motorsports as a child, when he visited the races at Castle Combe with his father. He was encouraged by his wife, Claire, to apply for a commentator’s role eight years ago, and has never looked back. In fact, he’s now a member of the Board of Castle Combe Racing Club.

Chris is up against nine other finalists. These include the likes of BTCC, DTM, and Formula 3 commentator Chris Hartley, ITV’s British Touring Car Championship commentators David Addison and Paul O’Neill, TV’s Superbike commentator and former rider James Whitham, and national and international commentator Mark Werrell. The winner will be announced on December 9, during a live show on Motorsport Radio.

Chris added: “The winner is based on online voting. I think it will be rather a large ask to win, considering the other, fantastic commentators in the running, many of whom are my heroes, who I have always looked up to. I am so fortunate to have had the pleasure of working with and being mentored by many of them too. I am just so chuffed to have been nominated.”