From 1993 to 2003, Gilles Panizzi was an official Peugeot driver. In the 90s, he participated in the development of the mythical Peugeot 306 Maxi before winning a number of races in the national championship. In 1998, to celebrate his second national title, Peugeot sent him to the WRC (2L category). His season began in Monte Carlo. Panizzi caused a sensation by setting a scratch time in SS2. At the finish, he was 9th and won his category!