WTCC 2014 Marrakech opener put back one week
|Wednesday, January 22nd 2014, 17:19 GMT|
This year's World Touring Car Championship will start one week later than planned after the opening Marrakech round was deferred by seven days.
The North African street circuit will host the championship's curtain raiser for the first time this year.
It was originally slated to hold the event on April 6, two weeks before the championship heads to Paul Ricard, France, for the second round.
The delay - prompted by a request from Moroccan authorities - means there will now be just one week between the opening two rounds.
Such a tight turnaround could prove a headache for teams already struggling to get their new-regulation machines and enough spare parts ready for the early rounds.
The rest of the 2014 calendar remains unchanged.
2014 WTCC CALENDAR April 13 Marrakech, Morocco April 20 Paul Ricard, France May 4 Budapest, Hungary May 11 Slovakia Ring, Slovakia May 25 Salzburg, Austria June 8 Moscow Raceway, Russia June 22 Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium August 3 Termas de Rio Hondo, Argentina September 14 Sonoma Raceway, USA October 12 Shanghai, China October 26 Suzuka, Japan November 16 Macau, China