The opening round of this year’s FIA World Touring Car Championship at Morocco has been pushed back by one week, which will present the teams with a major challenge if the traditional carnage ensues around the streets of Marrakech…

The opening pair of races at the Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan – better known as the Marrakech street circuit – will now be held on the weekend of 12-13 April, just one week before the championship’s second pair of races at Paul Ricard in France.

2014 FIA World Touring Car Championship Calendar:

Date Event Venue
13 APR MOR Race of Morocco* Marrakech street circuit
20 APR FRA Race of France* Circuit Paul Ricard
04 MAY HUN Race of Hungary Hungaroring
11 MAY SVK Race of Slovakia Automotodróm Slovakia Ring
25 MAY AUT Race of Austria Salzburgring, Salzburg
08 JUN RUS Race of Russia* Moscow Raceway, Moscow
22 JUN BEL Race of Belgium** Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
03 AUG ARG Race of Argentina* Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo
14 SEP USA Race of USA* Sonoma Raceway
12 OCT CHN Race of China* Shanghai International Circuit
26 OCT JPN Race of Japan Suzuka Grand Prix Circuit
16 NOV MCU Guia Race of Macau* Guia Street Circuit

The change comes at the request of the event’s organisers. While it gives the competing teams an all-important extra week to prepare their brand-new cars, the circuit’s incident-prone history will put drivers and teams under enormous strain.

It’s highly likely that spare parts and bodywork will be in short supply at the start of the season, meaning the most minor of accidents could put a car out of contention for the following weekend.

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