Petter starts season with P5.

Subaru's Petter Solberg managed to notch up his best ever finish on the Rallye Monte Carlo on Sunday, the opening round in the 2008 FIA World Rally Championship.

'Hollywood' put in a solid drive in his Impreza WRC and he eventually finished the event in fifth place overall, notching up four championship points.

It was a good result for the Norwegian as he has never had much luck on the Monte - only scoring points twice in his last five attempts, when he was sixth in 2007 and seventh in 2004.

Furthermore while he did finish a long way off his team-mate, Chris Atkinson, who was third in the sister car, he still posted some very competitive stage times, including ten top-five places.

"Today has been good for us and the team for sure," he stated. "Fifth is good, and it's my highest finish on this rally. We have some good points which are important to us and we have a lot of fastest splits today, which is very good.

"This weekend was difficult with all the ice and the slippery surface, but it's a good rally. There are a lot of fans, especially in Monaco for the Superspecial, and it's a great atmosphere.

"I'm happy for Chris in third, and that as well is of course good for the team. We've made a good start to the season and now we must keep pushing for more good results."

SWRT manufacturer principal, Ichiro Kudoh meanwhile was pleased with the performances of both of his drivers: "This weekend has been a great result for us," he added. "It's exactly what we expected from the team. Petter and Chris both drove extremely well on what is a very difficult rally, and we will use this great start to give us a boost for the rest of season."

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