Franck Montagny, who was in the news to kick off the 2015 calendar for a positive drug test of a cocaine derivative, has received a two-year ban from the FIA for his actions. The FIA confirmed Montagny tested positive for Benzoylecgonine (a metabolite of Cocaine registered under point S.6a of the 2014 WADA Prohibited List).
He hasn’t raced this year, and he last raced in the opening two FIA Formula E Championship races of its season last fall.
The FIA Anti-Doping Disciplinary Committee (ADC) held a hearing on Montagny’s case in Paris on February 19, with the ruling coming down today.
The decision from the ADC is as follows:
The ADC has concluded that an Anti-Doping Rule Violation according to Article 2.1 of the 2014 FIA Anti-Doping Regulations – “Presence of Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in a driver’s Sample” – has been established.
As a consequence, the ADC has decided to impose the following sanctions on Mr Franck MONTAGNY:
1. A disqualification of all competitive results obtained by Mr Franck MONTAGNY between 22 November 2014 and 23 December 2014, as well as the result obtained by Mr Franck MONTAGNY in the Putrajaya event of the FIA Formula E Championship, with all of the resulting consequences including forfeiture of any trophies, points and prizes;
2. A sanction of ineligibility for a period of 2 (two) years, starting on 23 December 2014 (beginning of his Provisional Suspension) and expiring on 23 December 2016.
Montagny has 21 days with which to appeal the suspension. He had been provisionally suspended as of December 23.