Pirelli has declared itself pleased with its return to the World Rally Championship after an impressive performance from a number of Pirelli-shod drivers in challenging conditions in Monte Carlo.

On its first outing back in the series, Pirelli supplied tyres to five runners in the WRC2 category as well as two drivers in the Production Class, including WRC2 runner-up Lorenzo Bertelli.

The highlight for Pirelli came on the third stage of the event when Olivier Burri was able to post the third quickest time at the wheel of his S2000-spec Ford Fiesta, having chosen the perfect tyres for the difficult conditions.

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In total, Pirelli took eight class victories out of the 14 stages that were run competitively, setting a number of top-ten times overall without providing tyres to a car in the top class.

"Our intention in returning to the World Rally Championship this year was to provide our customers with competitive tyres that will enable them to fight for top positions," Pirelli's senior tyre engineer Matteo Braga said. "Even on our first event, the new tyres showed plenty of potential, as our class positions and stage times show.

"Olivier Burri's choice of Sottozero tyres on SS3 enabled him to seal a remarkable third-place overall on the stage, while Lorenzo Bertelli also led the WRC2 class before taking a podium on his Monte Carlo Rally debut.

"The conditions, as always, were extremely difficult this year meaning that not just pure speed but also the adaptability of the drivers and the tyres to the changing conditions held the keys to success."