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CHAMP CAR NEWS 

Montagny eyeing full-time drive

Franck Montagny during testing at SebringFranck Montagny is hoping to land a full-time Champ Car drive after topping the first two days of the series' test at Sebring over the weekend.

The former Grand Prix driver has dominated proceedings so far in his first outing with Forsythe/Pettit racing, and wants to stay with the team for the season.

He said: "Considering it was my first time in the car, I'm quite happy. We did everything we wanted to do, I just hope I'll stay in the car for the championship now."

Montagny, who started seven Grands Prix for Super Aguri in 2006 and tested for Toyota last season, has been impressed by the Forsythe squad so far.

"Everybody is very motivated," said the Frenchman. "I was at the factory with the engineers and mechanics and everything was good. You never know until you get in the car but obviously things are going well there too."

Montagny's countryman Franck Perera was another to make a good impression. The 2007 Champ Car Atlantic runner-up finished fourth fastest on each day with Conquest Racing.

Perera said: "I was a bit surprised to be at the top to be honest. It's a new track for me, a new car, and new people to work with. But everybody did a great job and the team is showing its potential.

"It was a tough day physically because I've only tested the car once before, but I should be okay by the end of the test.

The Sebring test concludes with the final session this afternoon.

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