Guy Wilks is understood to have secured a Skoda Fabia S2000 for next month's Rally of Scotland.
The double British rally champion was unavailable for comment, but the Darlington driver is known to be keen to return to IRC action after he and Proton parted company.
Wilks is hoping to land the BFGoodrich drive in a Kronos Peugeot 207 S2000. The problem he faces is that if he does not bag the drive, it could be too late for him to register his own entry for the Stirling-based event.
It has been confirmed by a source in Belgium that Wilks has already solved that problem by entering a Skoda under the name of Peter Stephenson.
The name alongside Stephenson is Wilks' regular co-driver Phil Pugh and – according to the regulations – if Wilks didn't get the BFG drive, he would be permitted to alter one element of the entry: the named driver.
The source said: "I think there can be two cars [Fabias], maybe three from the private team Rene Georges. One car is for Jan Kopecky, while the other two, we hear, are for [Guy] Wilks and maybe Eyvind [Brynildsen]."
Wilks arriving in Scotland in a Fabia would ensure a fascinating three-way tussle between himself, Alister McRae - the man who replaced him at Proton – and recently crowned IRC champion Kris Meeke.
Rally of Scotland starts on Thursday November 19.