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Montagny Banned for Two Years over Cocaine Use

Franck Montagny suspended by FIA for two years over cocaine use…

Photo: John Dagys

Photo: John Dagys

Sports car racing and open-wheel ace Franck Montagny has been banned by the FIA for two years after testing positive for a derivative of cocaine following November’s Formula E race in Malaysia.

The ruling on the 37-year-old Frenchman was published this week by the FIA Anti-Doping Disciplinary Committee, following a hearing on the case in Paris on Feb. 19.

The ADC concluded that Montagny had the presence of a prohibited substance, having tested positive for Benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine, following a drug test on Nov. 22.

As a result, Montagny has been stripped of all competitive results achieved from Nov. 22 and Dec. 23, 2014, including his finish in the Putrajaya Formula E event, and has been banned from the FIA until Dec. 23, 2016.

Montagny has 21 days to appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for
Sport.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

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