By Hamza Guessous
Rabat – Marrakech is preparing to host an important event on January 13. Following the success of season three, Marrakech E-Prix is returning to the red city for season four. Moroccan pilot Michael Benyahia will be among the participants.
Taking place at the 1.86-mile Circuit mAutomobile International Moulay El Hassan, 10 teams comprised of 2 pilots each will compete in a fully electric single-seat racecar.
The event will continue even after the race. The Allianz E-Village is hosting a full day of entertainment, joy, and happiness. Families and fans of all ages will have the opportunity to participate in a range of activities such as:
- Getting up close to latest electric & hybrid vehicles in the Drive Zone
- Competing against the Formula E drivers within the Gaming Zone
- Attending the autograph session and meeting your favorite drivers before the race
- Enjoying live music on the Main Stage
The first season of Formula-E debuted on September 13, 2014 in Beijing, China and finished on June 28, 2015 in London. after Eleven races, Nelson Piquet Jr. came first in the global ranking, and became the first ever Formula-E champion.
The 2015-2016 Formula-E season began on October 24, 2015 and ended on July 3, 2016. The title holder, Nelson Piquet Jr., finished in 15th position and lost the title to Sébastien Buemi.
The first Marrakech E-Prix was a Formula-E race held on November 12, 2016 at the Circuit Moulay El Hassan. After the success of the 2016-2017 Formula-E season, and the first time the series visited Africa, the E-Prix is back on the African continent to give you another taste on January 13, 2018.
Michael Benyahia is already playing in the big leagues
Michael Benyahia is Moroccan pilot, born in Miami, United States of America on July 21, 2000.
It was in Florida where Michael discovered his passion for racing.
Before starting in automotive in 2015, Michael raced in the Formula TaG junior in 2014. His talent was rewarded by an invitation to the World Academy CIK FIA championship, reserved for 50 best pilots in the world, each pilot representing one country.
In 2016, Michael won 6 podiums and placed 3rd in the French Formula 4 Championship. He also has 46 victories in Karting between 2010 and 2016.
Michael Benyahia currently trains at the Autosport Academy, a unique training center run by the French Federation of Motor Sports where many Formula 1 pilots have trained. At 14 years old, Michael became the youngest pilot in the history of Autosport Academy to participate in the French Formula 4 Championship.