Marrakech is once again the venue for an exciting motor racing event as it hosts round 1 of this year’s Auto GP World Series. Formerly the Euro Series 3000, or Euro Formula 3000 event, the race takes place on the Marrakech Street Circuit (Circuit Moulay el Hassan) over the weekend of 12/13 April 2014.
This is the fifth tour in the series first run in 1999. Previously, only cars with the Lola F 3000 chassis were raced but in 2009 A1 Grand Prix cars were admitted, taking over from Lola completely in 2010 when the race’s name was changed to Auto GP World Series.
There are eight rounds in all, each held in a different, mainly European location.
2014 Round Locations
Following tests in Valencia on the 1st/2nd April, the series will kick off for real at Marrakech’s Circuit Moulay el Hassan on Saturday, 12th April. Subsequent rounds will take place at:
- Round 2 – Circuit Paul Ricard, France, 19/20 April
- Round 3 – Hungaroring, Hungary, 03/04 May
- Round 4 – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Italy, 31 May/1 June
- Round 5 – Red Bull Ring, Austria, 19/20 July
- Round 6 – Nürburgring, Germany, 16/17/August
At time of writing, locations and dates for the two final races have yet to be confirmed.
Circuit Moulay el Hassan
Situated along the Ourika-Oukaïmden route in Agdala, a district on the southern outskirts of Marrakech, Circuit Moulay el Hassan was the venue for the third round of the World Touring Car Championship season in 2009, the first international motor racing event to be held in Morocco since 1958.
Featuring long straights and 15 turns, including a tight hairpin, Circuit Moulay el Hassan is 2.9 miles (4.6 km) long. The lap record, set by Zele Racing’s Narain Karthikeyan in 2013, is 1 min 28.4 seconds.
Anyone planning to visit Marrakech in mid April is advised to make travel and hotel bookings as early as possible. You can check availability at our 4* riad-hotel Les Borjs de la Kasbah, on the southern edge of town, within easy reach of the race circuit, here: http://www.lesborjsdelakasbah.com/booking.html