'Terrible news': Supercars icon Neil Crompton diagnosed with cancer

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Neil Crompton, pictured here at the 2021 Supercars season launch.
Neil Crompton speaks during the 2021 Supercars season launch at Mount Panorama. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

Aussie motorsport icon Neil Crompton has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

A member of the Supercars Hall of Fame and current commentator, the 60-year-old will undergo surgery in coming weeks.

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“Everyone at Supercars was saddened to hear this terrible news and we’re all thinking of Neil and his family at this difficult moment,” Supercars CEO Sean Seamer said on Tuesday.

“Neil has become more than just the voice of Supercars, he’s an integral member of the Commission and a friend to many in the paddock.

“He has our total support and we wish him well over the coming weeks. You’ve got this Crompo.”

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Nathan Prendergast, Supercars general manager of television and content, also sent his support.

“The Supercars family is right behind Neil and we will be there for him in any way we can to help him through this difficult period,” he said.

“In recent weeks Neil has shown his professionalism and resilience by continuing to deliver in the broadcast since his diagnosis and will remain an essential part of the coverage for Winton and beyond.

“Neil has many close friends in the paddock and the broader Supercars community who wish him a speedy recovery and we look forward to having him back on our screens ASAP.”

Neil Crompton, pictured here during his 15-year driving career.
Neil Crompton during his 15-year driving career. (Photo by Bernard Weil/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

Motorsport world sends support to Neil Crompton

Crompton was diagnosed before the Supercars round in Tasmania last month, but pushed on with his commentary duties.

He is expected to make a full recovery.

Known affectionately as the 'Voice of Supercars', Crompton twice finished third at the Bathurst 1000 across an illustrious 15-year driving career.

He competed for Holden Racing Team, Wayne Gardner Racing, Ford Tickford Racing and Gibson Motorsport before retiring in 2002.

The Aussie motorsport world sent well-wishes to Crompton and his family on Tuesday.

"Hope you get well soon Crompo, sending love," tweeted Chaz Mostert.

Team Penske's official Twitter account wrote: "Best wishes to our friend Neil Crompton and hopes of a speedy recovery."

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