Rumours that Subaru is looking to re-enter the world of touring cars have continued to gain momentum, but the latest reports are pointing towards the Japanese carmaker joining the World Touring Car Championship in 2012.
Speaking with AUTOSPORT, series boss Marcello Lotti has added fuel to this speculation, and hopes that an announcement may happen as soon as this month.
“I have spoken with them and they said the final decision will come in Match. I hope they will say yes and we know before the opening round of this year’s championship in Brazil,” Lotti is quoted as saying.
Lotti has also confirmed that the majority of the teams committed to this year’s championship have already given assurances of their participation in the 2012 season.
“I want to say that we have signed two-year agreements with most of the teams, which provides already a solid basis of 20 cars again for 2012; a minimum guaranteed that we are trying to enhance further through the negotiations currently ongoing with other manufacturers,” he added.
The championship has suffered of late with the withdrawal of carmakers such as Honda, Alfa Romeo, Lada and BMW (although only in factory support) – leaving it with a three-make championship in 2010 – although it has been boosted by the arrival of Volvo, who will enter the series full-time this year.
It is believed that the Belgian Kronos Racing outfit is linked with the Subaru-to-WTCC rumours, with team boss Marc van Dalen telling AUTOSPORT that they too hope to make some announcement soon.
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