The opening round of the World Touring Car Championship season has been delayed by a week at the request of local authorities.

The decision means that the first event of the campaign in Morocco will now take place on April 13 on the streets of Marrkech.

The race weekend will mark the debut for the latest generation of WTCC machinery but teams now face the prospect of only a week between races with the French event at Paul Ricard scheduled for seven days later.

It races the possibility of some teams being left to race against time to prepare for the second round in the event of an accident on the tight Moroccan streets.

2014 WTCC Calendar:

April 13 Morocco Marrakech
April 20 France Le Castellet
May 4 Hungary Hungaroring
May 11 Slovakia Slovakiaring
May 25 Austria Salzburgring
June 8 Russia Moscow
June 22 Belgium Spa-Francorchamps
August 3 Argentina Termas de R?o Hondo
September 14 United States Sonoma
October 12 China Shanghai
October 26 Japan Suzuka
November 16 Macau Circuito da Guia


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