The Monte Carlo Rally has a reputation for being the toughest event on the World Rally calendar and today's opening six special stages confirmed that view.

While many crews struggled with tyre choice, others took a calm approach and reaped the rewards. Among them was the British contingent, Citroen's Kris Meeke and M-Sport's Elfyn Evans.  

DS3 WRC driver Meeke had a solid start to his career as a factory driver and ended the day second, 38s behind leader Bryan Bouffier. Evans, in his Ford Fiesta RS WRC, was similarly impressive as his own factory career got underway. The 25-year-old is the son of Welsh rally hero Gwyndaf, who will be a proud man this evening as his son sits in sixth position, one place ahead of Jari-Matti Latvala in the dominant VW Polo R WRC. Even more impressively Evans is two places clear of his team-mate Mikko Hirvonen.