After a first season in 1997 driving 2 Peugeot 106, his team made the decision to acquire this Citroen Saxo Kit car which brought him to his first contract as a professional driver in 2000.
The season 1998 started with some mechanical problems during the first round of the new Trophée Citroen Saxo Kit Car. But this season also brought him to his first victory at the general ranking additionally to his victory during the Trophée Rally du Val d’Angout.
It was a long list of victories in WRC. The story was just about to begin and it ended after 9 world champion titles in WRC.