Kelly Racing has today confirmed the French former Formula One driver Franck Montagny as the third driver in their international line up for the Gold Coast 600.
Montagny will be racing in the #15 Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing Commodore with Karl Reindler in the race later this year. Montagny is an extremely experienced driver, his resume boasting a short stint in Formula One with Super Aguri, World Series by Nissan champion, test driving for Renault and Toyota and more recently, competing in the American Le Mans series and twice finishing runner up in the Le Mans 24 hours.
The Frenchman is looking forward to a new challenge, something he says that he relishes.
“I am grateful to Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing for the opportunity to come and race on the Gold Coast.
“I’m truly excited to go there and to attend this race! It’s pretty different to what I used to do so it’s a new challenge, everything will be brand new for me: a new category, a new team, a new team mate, a new track… This could sound a little bit stressful but actually that’s exactly the kind of challenges I like!
Rick Kelly, Kelly Racing’s Director, spoke highly of Montagny’s experience and feels that his extensive experience will hold him in good stead.
“Franck is a terrific signing for Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing. His talent behind the wheel in unquestionable and will no doubt adjust quickly to the demands of driving a V8 Supercar and support Karl well on the Gold Coast.
“V8 Supercars are difficult cars to drive and having experience beyond open wheelers is an asset.
“The category has done an excellent job of attracting profile drivers to the event and to secure Franck in our team is very pleasing and look forward to also working alongside him.”
Although Montagny doesn’t yet have a close relationship with his driving partner, he is open to the learning experience.
“From my experience, you don’t know someone from what you can read in the newspaper. So I don’t know much about Karl but I’ll try my best to learn from him and the team as quickly as possible so we can be efficient on track together because this is what really matters. And I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the team for their trust. For sure I’ll have a lot to learn but I’m really looking forward and as usual, I’ll do everything I can to get used to the car and match the team’s expectations.
Funnily enough, Reindler’s race engineer is also a Frenchman, so Karl might need to watch out!
“Being outnumbered I will need to enrol in French classes before the weekend just so I can keep track of what is going on!” Karl said.
“I’m really excited to partner with Franck. He has a wealth of experience and I am sure this will position him well to settling in and understanding our cars.”
Kelly Racing’s fourth driver is expected to be signed in the next few days…stay tuned!