Following in the footsteps of Mehdi Bennani in 2009, the Moroccan round of the FIA World Touring Car Championship will see a trio of Moroccan drivers in identical Chevrolet Lacetti's.
Bennani, who took an independents victory on his WTCC debut at Marrakech during the inaugural event last year has become a series regular and has agreed a full season campaign with BMW privateers Weichers-Sport.
Joining Bennani in Marrakech will be twenty-nine year old Ismail Sbai, thirty-three year old Larbi Tadlaoui and thirty-four year old Youssaf El Marnissi. The trio will be running under the 'Morocco Team' banner in the Swiss team Maurer Motorsport's prepared Lacetti's.
Sbai, Tadlaoui and El Marnissi have recieved support of the Federation Royale Marocaine de Sport Automobile (FRMSA) and they are very popular with the local fans. The twenty nine year old Sbai, from Tanger and El Marnissi, who is from Al Hoseima teamed up to win the Legends Cars World Championship for Morocco and the duo paired up with Casablanca based thirty three year old Tadlaoui to claim the National Racing Championship for Clubs.
Marrakech sees the next two races of the 2010 WTCC campaign on the 30 April/2 May, following the cancellation of the Mexican round at Puebla.