Montagny Franck Montagny, 2006 Chinese Grand Prix Montagny

Full Name: Franck Montagny
Nationality: French
Born: 5 January 1978, Feurs (FRA)

First GP: 2006 European Grand Prix
Last GP: 2006 French Grand Prix

Entries: 7 Grands Prix: 7 Non-starts: 0
Wins: 0 Best Finish: 16th Best Grid: 19th
Fastest Laps: 0 Points: 0 Retirements: 4

1994 Formula Renault Campus France, 1st overall
1998 French Formula 3 Championship, La Filière, 22 races, 10 wins, 2nd overall
1999 International Formula 3000, DAMS, 10 races, 1 podium, 12th overall
2001 Open Telefónica by Nissan, Epsilon Graff, 18 races, 7 wins, 1st overall
2002 World Series by Nissan, Racing Engineering, 18 races, 4 wins, 2nd overall
2003 World Series by Nissan, Gabord Competición, 17 races, 9 wins, 1st overall
  Formula 1, Renault F1 Team R23, Test Driver
2004 Formula 1, Renault F1 Team, Test Driver
2005 Formula 1, Jordan Toyota V10 EJ15, Test Driver
2006 Formula 1, Super Aguri F1 Team Honda V8 SA05, 7 races, 0 points, Not Classified
  24 Hours of Le Mans, Pescarolo Sport C60 Judd, 2nd overall with Sébastien Loeb and Eric Hélary
2007 Formula 1, Toyota F1 V8 TF107, Test Driver
2007-8 A1GP, Team France, 4 races
2008 24 Hours of Le Mans, Peugeot Sport, 3rd overall with Christian Klien and Ricardo Zonta
  IndyCar Series, Forsythe/Petit Racing, 1 race, 1 podium
2009 24 Hours of Le Mans, Peugeot Sport, 3rd overall with Sébastien Bourdais and Stéphane Sarrazin
  Petit Le Mans, Peugeot Sport, 1st overall
  IndyCar Series, Andretti Green Racing, 1 race, 12 points, 38th overall
2010 Petit Le Mans, Peugeot Sport, 1st overall
2011 24 Hours of Le Mans, Peugeot Sport, 3rd overall with Stéphane Sarrazin and Nicolas Minassian
  Petit Le Mans, Peugeot Sport, 1st overall

Franck Montagny

After a lengthy and successful apprenticeship in karts, Montagny made his open-wheeler debut in 1994 as a sixteen-year-old, winning the French Renault Campus championship and moving into French Formula Renault for two seasons.

The national F3 championship was next up, and he finished fourth overall in his rookie season in 1997. But he shot to prominence the following year in European F3, scoring a brilliant pole at Spa-Francorchamps – ahead of no less than Mark Webber, Luciano Burti, and Enrique Bernoldi, while soundly thrashing team-mate Sébastien Bourdais all season long. He would also win the Formula 3 Masters at Zandvoort, beating the likes of Nick Heidfeld, who was the German F3 title holder.

But two quiet seasons in F3000 followed, and he moved to the World Series by Nissan championship in 2001, where he won half the races and beat Tomas Scheckter to the title, and finished runner-up the following year, before taking a second title in 2003.

By then he’d had a Friday test driver outing with the Renault F1 team (having been signed as the team’s test driver) on its home soil at Magny Cours, and he earned another call-up to Jordan in 2005 for the European GP, where he lapped quicker than either of the squad’s regular drivers, Tiago Monteiro or Narain Karthikeyan.

Montagny was now in hot demand, having also been called up to assist with the development of the new GP2 car for the feeder series that was replacing F3000.

For 2006, the new Super Aguri F1 concern took Montagny on as its third driver, and he was promoted to the race seat when Yuji Ide’s superlicense was revoked ahead of the European GP. He contested seven Grands Prix for the little team, generally not getting the same equipment as team leader Takuma Sato, but acquitted himself well enough, before his tenure came to an end when Sakon Yamamoto was able to buy his way into Montagny’s race seat.

Montagny went on to become Toyota’s F1 test driver, and is now a regular on the Le Mans and SuperLeague Formula circuits.

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