Ecclestone and Todt in Morocco for WTCC
2 May, 2010
May 1 (GMM) Two of F1′s most powerful figures have appeared in the paddock of the Marrakech street circuit. The temporary track in Morocco is hosting its second round of the FIA’s World Touring Car Championship which includes the Formula 2 championship on the bill this weekend.
F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone was shown around by series promoter Marcello Lotti and also event promoter Marrakech Grand Prix chief Aly Horma.
“I have to say that I was impressed by the track and facilities they have built, which are very nice and suit the WTCC well. My congratulations to the event promoter,” said the 79-year-old Briton.
Also in the north African country this weekend is FIA president Jean Todt and participants in the World Touring Car Championship held a number of events in Marrakech, to support the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety, prior to the start of the Marrakesh round of the championship.
Drivers from the championship participated in a Make Roads Safe photo call with FIA President Jean Todt. The photo call formed part of a wide range of initiatives by the championship, such as the branding of its safety car which has been running this season with liveries displaying the WTCC’s support for the Make Roads Safe campaign and Global Road Safety.
These initiatives follow on from similar actions which have taken place in the Formula One World Championship and other FIA World Championships this year.
FIA President, Jean Todt said: “I am glad that WTCC is taking action to back the Decade. It is important that a production vehicle based sport acts to raise awareness of the millions of people killed every year on the road. The FIA is committed to playing an active role in implementing the UN’s Decade of Action for Road Safety. The solutions to Road Safety are known, governments around the world must act to implement the UN’s Action Plan for Road Safety and save five million lives over the next 10 years.”
Last year’s round of the WTCC was the first international car race in Morocco since the 1958 Moroccan grand prix in Casablanca.