First Motorsport-Subaru France
Patrick Pivato with Nicolas Vouilloz

The agreement has been just finalized : Nicolas Vouilloz, the new driver "First-FFSA-Subaru France-Michelin" and Patrick Pivato, who occupied already the seat of right-hand side of Subaru WRC last year, will make common cause this season.

The new team-members had made knowledge, on the initiative of Willy Collignon, owner of First Motorsport, eight days ago at the time of the discovery by Nicolas of Subaru WRC2003 it will have this year.

A driver who lengthily did not hesitate over his choice: "Even if a test will never be worth a rally, that occurred immediately well between us in the car. And then, Patrick is not only somebody of simple, pleasant, motivated but he is also a mechanic and very appreciated of First."

"It is super, I am very happy" commented Patrick Pivato, "Firstly, because I again will work with First. I appreciate much Willy, Fred (Thalamy) and all the team. Good human reports are essential because, even lived as a professional, the sport car remains before very for me a pleasure! Secondly, it is a challenge which I likes and which, I hope for it, will enable me to help another young driver. If, moreover, one can remake the same blow as the last year and, which knows, to arrive into World Rally Championship in 2006 same if the places will be expensive there, it will be fantastic for everyone, driver, team and myself! "

Willy Collignon was also delighted by this agreement: "We are very content that Patrick works again with us. Passionate and motivated, it will constitute true "more" for Nicolas. And then, now, we are fine loans and we can start to work to prepare this season ! "

42 years old, Patrick Pivato resides at Saint George d' Espéranche, a small village located between Lyon and Grenoble and bathes in the autosport since his adolescence. It disputed its first rally with the "Tour de France Auto" 1981 and he was the team-member of Simon Jean-Joseph, Serge Jordan, Bernard Beguin, Eric Mauffrey and Stephan Sarrazin last year after a three years interruption during which it had been devoted to the automobile preparation.

The first tests will proceed at the end of March and the official beginnings of the crew will take place at the rally Lyon-Charbonnières which will proceed the 22, 23 and 24 April.