The Subaru World Rally team look set to confirm their 2005 World Rally Championship driver line-up in the next few weeks, and according to WRC insiders, Daniel Sola, Stephane Sarrazin and Kris Meeke are the favourites to bag the second seat, alongside 2003 World Rally champion, Petter Solberg.

Crash.net contacted the team for there take, but while a spokesperson stated that no comment could be made, it appears that a decision has been made.

Sola is believed to be one of the favourites, as he is likely to bring funding.

According to as.com the Spaniard has been in talks with David Richards, who founded the team, as well as team boss, David Lapworth, and sporting director, Luis Moya.

Sola, who was in negotiation with Ford, switched his attentions to the Banbury based team Friday, following the announcement that Roman Kresta will drive the second Focus, alongside Toni Gardemeister.

Former F1 ace Sarrazin has also been mentioned, following his impressive performances on the Rallye Catalunya and the Tour de Corse, where he finished fourth and sixth overall, however he is something of an asphalt specialist.

Colin McRae prot?g?, and Junior WRC competitor, Meeke is thought to be an outsider, and should he get a deal, it is suspected he will only compete on selected events.

Mikko Hirvonen meanwhile is said to be out of favour, and looks likely to be dropped after a largely unsuccessful 2004.

Colin McRae had been mentioned, but after his comments at the weekend that he doesn't want to take part in all 16-events, it appears he is no longer in the running, although should the team elect to use several drivers in the second car, like Skoda and Mitsubishi, then a partial programme might prove possible.

All the WRC teams have now confirmed their 2005 line-ups, except Subaru.

 

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