Rumours that Saab will re-enter the World Rally Championship in 2012 are gaining momentum, according to Autosport in the UK.

Autosport reported that:

After being on the verge of collapse late last year, Saab has been purchased by Spyker. Senior officials from Spyker have already met with the sport's organisers - and they are expected to go into the next round of meetings at the Rally of France in early October.

AUTOSPORT's sources stated: "The initial meeting [between Saab and WRC officials, believed to include both the FIA commissions and promoter North One Sport] has happened and there's a huge amount of enthusiasm from all concerned. Like Mini, Saab has a great heritage in the sport and a return to the WRC makes a lot of sense."

North One Sport's Simon Long refused to be drawn on specific manufacturers, but said: "I think Mini's announcement has given people a lot of confidence in the sport. The messages we're getting are all positive."

Volkswagen is believed to be the next manufacturer ready to commit to the WRC, with the German firm expected to begin a limited programme of WRC rounds in 2012 before a possible full entry in 2013.

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