Ain Diab 7

Ain Diab

As a French colony, it is not surprising that Morocco had held a Grand Prix before World War II.

Country
Morocco
Location
Ain Diab, Casablanca
Latest Race
First Race

As a French colony, it is not surprising that Morocco had held a Grand Prix before World War II. The event returned in 1957 on a new circuit near Casablanca, when racing in Europe was threatened by the Suez crisis. In six weeks, and with the blessing of King Mohammed V, the Royal Automobile Club of Morocco designed a course using the public roads of Casablanca's Ain-Diab suburb, the desert road towards Azemmour, and the coast road that ran through the Sidi Abderhaman forest. The first race was a non-championship affair, but the 1958 Moroccan Grand Prix was the site of the championship showdown between Mike Hawthorn and Stirling Moss. Moss won the race, but Hawthorn was crowned Britain’s first World Champion. There was also tragedy that day for Stuart Lewis-Evans suffered burns during the race that eventually proved fatal.

Circuit

1957 - 1958

Type

Temporary road course

Length

4.724 (Miles)

Fastest Race Lap

Stirling Moss (Vanwall VW5), 2m22.5, 119.343 mph, F1, 1958

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Mike Hawthorn (Ferrari Dino 246), 2m23.1, 118.843 mph, F1, 1958

Latest Races

3,174

Championships

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15,683

Results

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16,132

Drivers

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9,358

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