MILAN, Italy — Pirelli & C. S.p.A. plans to return in 2018 as a supplier of race tires for the World Rally Championship after a year's hiatus, a move that includes taking on the role of exclusive supplier of the Junior World Rally Championship.
Pirelli disclosed at the end of the 2016 season it was withdrawing from the WRC to concentrate its motorsport resources on 300 other racing series it supports.
The 2018 WRC season opens Jan. 22-28 with the Rallye Monte Carlo and finishes Nov. 15-18 with the Rally Australia. The season will comprise 13 race weekends in 13 countries on four continents.
Pirelli also will continue to supply the European Rally Championship, including as the exclusive supplier of the European Junior Under 27 Championship.
Mario Isola, Pirelli's head of car racing, said: "With our long and illustrious history in the World Rally Championship, paired with some of the most successful teams and drivers in the sport, it was a natural decision for us to return next year."