In brief, March 2010
* The works-backed Jaguar XKR GT2 built by the RSR squad has completed 2000 test miles, team boss Paul Gentilozzi has revealed. Marc Goossens, who drove the car on its ALMS debut last year, will share the lead XKR with two-time Grand-Am champion Scott Pruett at seven rounds.
* The CRS Racing Ferrari team is moving to the Le Mans Series from the FIA GT Championship. Andrew Kirkaldy and Tim Mullen will share the lead 430 GT, with Phil Quaife, Pierre Ehret and a third undisclosed driver in the other.
* Marino Franchitti will race for Highcroft Racing in the three ALMS enduros at Sebring, Laguna Seca and Petit Le Mans. The Scot will share the HPD/Acura ARX-01c with team regulars David Brabham and Simon Pagenaud.
* The VW Golf GTI will return to the British Touring Car Championship after an absence of more than 20 years in 2010. Shaun Hollamby’s AmD Technik team will run the car.
* MotorSport Vision has unveiled a £100,000 scholarship prize towards an F2 seat for the winner of Formula Palmer Audi. The biggest prize in British motor sport means an F2 season will cost the winner just £185,000. The top six finishers will also get an F2 test.
* The winner of this year’s Jim Russell Racing Drivers’ School series will receive a fully-funded F2 drive. The famous school runs a stable of Lola F3s powered by a turbocharged Mitsubishi engine.
* Tony Scott Andrews has taken over from Graham Stoker as chairman of the Motor Sports Council. Stoker stood down after becoming FIA deputy president for sport. Scott Andrews is also president of the Classic Touring Car Racing Club.
* Ed Rahal, a cousin of Bobby Rahal’s father Mike, has died aged 85. In the ’50s Rahal (left) raced a D-type Jaguar and a factory AC-Bristol, which he drove in the 1959 Sebring 12 Hours.
* Bill Scott, one of the USA’s best Formula Super Vee and Formula Vee drivers, has died aged 71. He won the 1968 European and ’69 American FVee titles, and the 1970 FVee world title.