- Category : 1965-births
- Type : MGE
- Profile : 4/1 - Opportunistic / Investigator
- Definition : Split - Small (23)
- Incarnation Cross : JX Conflict
French rally driver on the World Rally Championship circuit.
In 1996 and 1997, Panizzi won the French Championship title in a Peugeot-backed (funded) 306 kit car. Between 1999 and 2003 he had great success in his role as Peugeot's tarmac expert. He won a total of seven World Rally Championship rounds in this period - all on tarmac.
In 2004, Mitsubishi Motorsports recruited him and his co-driver and brother, Hervé, to lead the company's charge back in the World Rally Championship.
In the 2005 season, Gilles was replaced in the lead car by Harri Rovanperä, and guested in the second car with Gianluigi Galli. He finished 3rd at the Monaco rally, the first event of the season, but only scored points in one other event.
In 2006, he was signed by the semi-privateer Red Bull Skoda team but soon announced his departure from the team.