Since he began racing in WTCC in 2009, the 29-year old from Fés has become one of Morocco’s most popular sportsmen.
And Bennani has high hopes for the season at the wheel of a Proteam Racing BMW 320 TC.
"Last year I achieved my best results: one third place at Budapest and 10th position in the drivers' championship. My goal is to confirm myself among the top-10 and possibly improve that placing. But I know that to achieve this I need to redouble my efforts," Bennani said.
Following two difficult races on the soaked racetrack of Monza, Bennani returns to a track where he was able to emerge victorious in the Yokohama Trophy on his first appearance in the championship.
"It is very important for me to make a good impression at Marrakech. I have a lot of fans and everybody is expecting that the car with Morocco’s national colours is competitive," he commented
"I have to say that what happened in Monza is not encouraging. I expected more from the evolution of the engine, but for the time being we have to work a lot to recover the gap.
"Marrakech is a fast track, like Monza, so you need the power to fight for top positions. Of course in Italy the weather did not help, because the rear-wheel drive is clearly handicapped on the wet. At Marrakech we will run on the dry, and I hope we may be able to fill the gap."