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AutoGP Drops Marrakesh Over Security Fears

Gabriele Tarquini takes the lead at the start of a WTCC race in 2013 at Marrakesh. While AutoGP has decided to drop Marrakesh, the WTCC will continue with its African roundHonda Europe / David Noels
By:
 Neil Tipton
Added:
 Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The AutoGP single seater series has dropped the Marrakesh opening round from its schedules, citing security fears in Northern Africa.

The championship, which uses modified former A1GP chassis and combined this year with the similar Acceleration FA1 series, will instead start its 2015 campaign in Budapest. Series organiser Enzo Coloni said the decision was taken to protect its teams and drivers due to the "difficult political situation" in the region.

"Unfortunately, we were forced to opt out of the round scheduled for the 19th of April in Morocco," he said. "We did everything we possibly could to line-up at Marrakech but, in an effort to protect our teams and drivers, we decided to postpone the beginning of the season to Budapest. In the years spent in Morocco we always felt at home and we will definitely miss the warmth of the crowds there. We hope to be back next year".

This will mark the first time since 2011 that Marrakesh has been absent from the series calendar.

The World Touring Car Championship will continue to race at Marrakesh however, with series organisers having no qualms about racing as scheduled.

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