SUPERCARS’ pitlane reporter Riana Crehan has announced that she will not be part of the category’s broadcasts in 2021.
Crehan posted the news on social media ahead of a raft of expected changes to the on-air line-up, coinciding with a new broadcast deal that includes a move from Ten to Seven.
A winner of the Miss V8 Supercars competition in 2005 and now wife of driver Will Davison, Crehan moved into broadcasting with Supercars in ’07, initially on the bigscreen coverage.
She eventually graduated to be part of the television broadcasts themselves, sharing pitlane duties with the likes of Mark Larkham and Greg Murphy.
Crehan only appeared at occasional events this year amid cuts due to the COVID-19 pandemic and says last month’s Bathurst 2020 was her swansong.
Read her full social media post below:
I would like to share with you all before you find out via a press release or some other secret squirrel that Bathurst 2020 was my last race with Supercars Media.
I first began my Supercars experience back in 2006 as an ambassador for the sport which grew to working as a ‘work experience kid’ in 2007 within the television department with very, very little experience.
I was essentially handed a microphone and camera and told to go shoot some colour stories.
Things were incredibly different all of those years ago and we were certainly not the very polished Bigscreen that the production grew to what it is today. I am very proud to have contributed to that.
Being part of Supercars has allowed me to travel Australia and parts of the world I would never have imagined.
It has given me the incredible privilege to be front and centre to historic moments in Australian sport and I have been so fortunate to be often the first person to hear the first words after many firsts. First Race, First Pole, First Win, First Bathurst. For those moments I am forever grateful.
Thank you to all who have made my time brilliant. There are so many. Thank you to every driver for your patience. Thanks to @tonyjcochrane for the faith in the early days!
Thank you to so many supporters for the kind words over the years. And to my ride or dies. The people behind the scenes our crew, our lane crew, our production team you are the unsung hero’s that keep this shit going.
I leave proud, as a young blonde girl from Perth who knew nothing of Motorsport who got told back in 2007 she was wasting her time, proud to have contributed to showing girls that they can do it too.