Respected British rally journalist Greg Strange has died after a short illness, aged 61.
Strange was a familiar figure at FIA World Rally Championship events as the radio correspondent for the BBC and more recently as the founder of iRally.
He was also the driving force behind internet radio coverage at WRC rounds. His team brought the excitement and drama of the championship to listeners from the end of stages and service parks via wrc.com, as the forerunner of today’s WRC Live service.
Strange, who earlier worked for Independent Radio News in Britain as a newsreader, often reflected that some of the most enjoyable moments of his distinguished career came as he reported for the BBC on world title success for Colin McRae and Richard Burns.
His strong views on the WRC were often controversial, but always earned respect from drivers, officials and teams alike.
A family statement on Strange’s iRally website said: “We are deeply shocked that Greg has passed away, and are mourning his huge loss to us all. He was a superb husband and wonderful father and above all a magnificent professional broadcaster and journalist.”
Strange is survived by wife Eiddwen, who accompanied him at his most recent WRC appearance at ADAC Rallye Deutschland, and daughter Olivia.
Wrc.com would like to extend its sincere condolences to his family and many friends.