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Montagny to race at Magny-Cours 12 Jul 2006

Franck Montagny (FRA) Super Aguri F1 SA05.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 9, Canadian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Montreal, Canada, 23 June 2006

Franck Montagny has revealed that he will race at this weekend’s French Grand Prix for Super Aguri. The Frenchman had only been contracted to race for the team up to the US Grand Prix in Indianapolis.

But in a statement released on his website, Montagny said: "If I did not tell you this earlier it was because I didn’t know what was going on myself until very recently. We have discussed this a lot with the members of Super Aguri and I owe them a huge thank you, enormous even, because they quite simply decided that I will race at Magny-Cours, which frankly was not foreseen."

Montagny replaced Yuji Ide in May as a race driver for Super Aguri after the FIA revoked the Japanese driver’s super licence. He has since competed in six Grand Prix for the team, finishing twice.

The former Renault test driver, is currently the only French driver in the paddock, and is clearly thrilled to be able to race in front of his home crowd. "I am super happy, fully recharged and in better form than ever, I have fans who will come to support me, this is the dream,” commented the Frenchman.

Montagny also revealed that he will not be competing in the next Grand Prix in Hockenheim but will remain as Super Aguri’s third driver.

Waiting in wings is Sakon Yamamoto, who signed to Super Aguri before the British Grand Prix in June. As the team’s third driver he has steadily gained Formula One experience and has clocked some impressive times during Friday practice sessions. The Japanese youngster, who has competed in both Super GT and Formula Nippon, may be in line to race in the German Grand Prix alongside veteran Takuma Sato.

Super Aguri announced last month that their new car, the SA06, will make its race debut in Hockenheim.