Supercars Media recently confirmed the surprise return of TV reporter Riana Crehan to the Supercars paddock, ahead of the first event of the year at the Sydney Motorsport Park on the March 4-6 weekend. It will be broadcast live on both Fox Sports and the Seven Network.
Crehan makes her return after moving away from reporting in front of the camera on the Supercars Championship and presenting the Australian Superbike Championship last year. However she insists that after only one year of presenting Superbikes coverage, this U-turn will not compromise her presenting, and that she is still very much in the know on the championship which she departed over a year ago.
"After a whirlwind few weeks of quick and abrupt change, I am thrilled to be back presenting with the Supercars family," she stated. "Despite 12 months away from the sport, I have remained connected to it throughout... I am honoured to be a small part of it once again."
Who Is Riana Crehan And Why Is She So Popular?
Crehan joined the Supercars TV broadcast team in 2007 in a work experience type role as part of the 'big screen coverage,' at the same time as the Seven Network acquired broadcasting rights for the entire V8 Supercars Championship.
She would soon make the move over to Supercars Media TV broadcasting in a position she would hold for over a decade at Channel 7, Channel 10 and Fox Sports, while shifting into the role of pit lane reporter alongside the likes of Greg Murphy and Mark Larkham.
Crehan married long-term partner and two-time Bathurst 1000 winner Will Davison in January 2020, a year in which Davison continued to race in the Australian Supercars series for 23Red Racing before switching to Tickford Racing after six rounds. He finished second in the coveted Bathurst 1000 that season.
The largely-curtailed 2020 season, in which Crehan was absent to a great degree during the second half of the year after racing had got underway again, was her last season in the championship before making the move to the Australian Superbikes coverage.
Alongside reporting, her popularity amongst fans made for a naturally sympathetic jaunt into the social media influencer space where Crehan has also taken on the role of ambassador to several up-and-coming brands in the fitness and health industry.
Other Ventures Outside Of Supercars Coverage
In February 2022 Crehan announced she would be one of seventeen contestants in the third season of the survival-based reality TV show SAS Australia. Even as one of the most high-profile recruitments, she joins her co-participants in living and brutally training SAS-style in the harshest conditions imaginable.
Starved of food, hot water and sanitation, the Australian jungle and dramatic coastline is a far cry from her somewhat more lavish lifestyle, but her participation has certainly increased her social media following for good measure. In an introductory video she admitted she was "absolutely terrified" of what was to come on the show, but suggested that the "guts" required to be successful and make a name for herself in the male-dominated industry that is motor racing was her reasoning behind agreeing to take part.
Alongside her portfolio of ambassadorial projects, Crehan hosts "The Back Story", a web series and podcast where athletes share their career journeys and stories, whilst introducing the said host to their own physical training regimes and health plans.