Panizzi close to Mitsubishi deal

Gilles Panizzi is likely to be confirmed as a Mitsubishi driver for 2004 by the end of this week, according to a story in AUTOSPORT Magazine. The French asphalt ace has admitted that he has secured a deal with a team for next season

Panizzi close to Mitsubishi deal

Panizzi is not eligible for a third seat at any team, but appears to have found a berth at Mitsubishi, which is returning to the full WRC next season.

He declined to confirm that he has committed to Mitsubishi , but he said: "I've signed a very nice contract and there are just one or two small details that need to be sorted out. Then the manufacturer in question will make an announcement."

Panizzi has made no secret of his wish to lose the asphalt specialist tag. A full-time Mitsubishi drive would therefore be a happy choice for him.

Meanwhile Belgian Freddy Loix looks almost certain to sign with Peugeot as its third driver for next year. Loix is probably the best driver who is eligible for a third manufacturer entry, and has been at the subject of much competition for his signature.

But Loix has admitted that talks with Peugeot are at a "very, very advanced stage." An announcement is expected soon.


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