F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone paid an unexpected visit to the FIA World Touring Car Championship paddock in Marrakech at the weekend.

Ecclestone was shown around by WTCC promoter Marcello Lotti, the president of the Touring Car Commission Jonathan Ashman and Aly Horma of the event promoter company Marrakech Grand Prix.

"I wanted to visit Marrakech long since, and I took the opportunity to do it while it is hosting an international race meeting," Ecclestone explained. "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."

FIA president Jean Todt meanwhile was also in attendance and he took part in a photo call with drivers from the WTCC as part of the governing body's Make Roads Safe campaign.

"I am glad that WTCC [like F1 and the WRC] is taking action to back the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety," Todt added. "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."


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