The Volkswagen Racing Cup has had an exciting addition for 2010 with the announcement of a new sponsorship deal with the RAC along with a new driver, Director of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Simon Elliot.

The 2.0-litre Caddy TDI, tuned by RacingLine to produce 260 PS and more than 500 Nm of torque will be driven by Elliot who whetted his racing appetite last year in a couple of outings in a Golf GTI and will sport the bright orange livery of the familiar breakdown recovery vehicles.

Talking of his 2010 challenge he said: “I started racing last year and realised this was something I really wanted to do. My wife has now given me permission to do the full season, and I’ve managed not only to persuade my predecessor, Peter Wyhinny, to let me take over driving the van, but more importantly we have new sponsors for this high profile Caddy van.”

Championship director Melissa Wright added: “The Caddy is a spectator favourite and, as Peter Wyhinny proved, a seriously competitive machine on its day. It will be great to see it racing in RAC livery and with Simon at the wheel.”

The championship, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, kicks off at Oulton Park at Easter (3-5 Apr) and features double-header races at Snetterton, Rockingham, Donington Park and the Grand Prix circuits at Silverstone and Brands Hatch, as well as its first overseas event, at Zandvoort in the Netherlands.

Provisional 2010 calendar
03-05 Apr Oulton Park
21/22 May Zandvoort, Netherlands
17/18 Jul Rockingham
14/15 Aug Silverstone GP
29/30 Aug Snetterton (revised date)
25/26 Sep Brands Hatch GP
16/17 Oct Donington Park