The WTCC will race at an entirely different Marrakech street circuit in 2016 when the Moroccan city hosts the fifth round of the 2016 season next May.
The organisers are developing a semi-permanent FIA Grade 2 circuit for next year, construction on which will commence next month, with a radically different layout to that used by the series since Morocco joined the WTCC calendar back in 2009 (see picture above).
“The motivation came first and foremost from wanting to upgrade the track to give the public more show,” said promoter Aly Horma.
“While at the same time ensuring less risk to the teams and hotels all along the track. The local government supported the initiative from the very beginning.”
The track will now run anti-clockwise with 14 corners, and will be just 3km in length compared to the 4.6km of the previous circuit, which was characterised by long straights punctuated by chicanes and tight hairpins.