LE MANS, France – Franck Montagny will return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans to replace injured driver Guillaume Moreau at OAK Racing.
The 34-year-old French ace is renowned as one of the fastest LMP1 sports car drivers, having racked up four outright podium finishes at Le Mans over the past five years, as well as boasting Formula 1 and IndyCar experience.
Montagny joins fellow former World Series champion Bertrand Baguette and Dominik Kraihamer aboard the No. 15 OAK/Pescarolo LMP1 vacated by Moreau, who fractured his back in a high-speed accident at the Le Mans test day last Sunday.
With such little time between the test day and start of official practice next Wednesday, the team is understandably delighted to have secured the services of such a highly rated, experienced and successful driver.
“I am delighted to be joining OAK Racing, a team that as an outsider looking in has always appealed to me due to its character and owner Jacques Nicolet’s passion for the sport,” Montagny said. “It has always been competitive and has run at the front regardless of the cars at its disposal down the years. On a personal note, I am pleased to be competing at Le Mans for the 12th time. Hopefully we can do a good job and see the chequered flag.”