Who is this Moroccan Karting champion in England?
By KARIM EL MEDKOURI on 01/11/2021 for AUTO COMPETITION
After the happy discovery of a Moroccan who won one of the Karting Championships in England, we had to find out who he is and introduce him to our readers. And here is our interview with Tarik Almou.
Sportautomoto.ma: Hello Tarik, could you introduce yourself to our readers?
Tarik: Hello, my name is Tarik Almou, I am 39 years old, I am 1.85m tall for 81 kgs, engaged, no children, I have lived in Hamburg, in the north of Germany for ten years. I moved there to work at Airbus after an early career in the automotive industry (Jaguar Land Rover in Coventry). Before that, I lived in several European countries, mainly in France, England and Spain. It allowed me to discover many racing circuits and to race in karting in several European countries. Around the circuits contact between enthusiasts is immediate and we are part of the same motorsports family.
Sportautomoto.ma: What does motorsport represent for you?
Tarik: I have been passionate since I was little. Racing is an integral part of my life. I’m always waiting for the next opportunity to get behind the wheel on the track. As soon as I set foot on a circuit, I feel at home.
Sportautomoto.ma: How long have you been karting?
Tarik: For over 25 years. I first had a steering wheel in my hands when I was 3 years old on my dad’s lap. My first time in a Kart was when I was 10 years old. It was also the same year that I finally learned to drive a car on my own. I started karting regularly when I was 14. After a break from my studies, I resumed competition. I would score podiums and lead championships but each time I had to move before the end of the season for my studies or my job. In recent years I have signed up for a full season in England.
Sportautomoto.ma: What are your best results?
Tarik: My best results are Endurance Champion E60* with Club100 in 2020, in England, 3rd in the 2020 Sprint 60 ** Club100 Championship, following a 2nd in the 2019 Sprint Sprint 60 Club100 Championship, and a 2nd in the 2018 DMax Enduro Championship, also in England
Sportautomoto.ma: Have you ever driven vehicles other than the Kart, if so which ones?
Tarik: I regularly drive a Subaru Impreza WRX STI and a BMW E30 Cup. I like to go and track day on the Nordschleife (Nürburgring) or in Zandvoort. These are my two favourite circuits, and two mythical places with a unique and authentic atmosphere. I also had the opportunity to try out single-seaters (Formula BMW, Formula Renault, Formula Ford) and several sports cars. Until then my favourite vehicle was the KZ Kart (125cc, 6-speed), it is an extremely efficient machine which offers more sensations than many racing cars. The racetracks are bigger and more interesting with elevation changes, but I prefer the purity of driving karts and the tight bumper-to-bumper wheel-to-wheel race that karting allows.
Sportautomoto.ma: Do you participate in competitions under the Moroccan or English flag?
Tarik: I prefer to run under the Moroccan colours although I have lived in Europe for several years and I also have German nationality.
Sportautomoto.ma: Have you ever attended motorsport competitions in Morocco, and if so which ones?
Tarik: I have always been fascinated by racing cars, the first ones I saw up close came to Morocco for historic rallies, the cars were spectacular, like the Lancia 037 Group B, Peugeot 205 T16 Group B, Renault 5 Maxi. When I was little I also attended a race in town, on a circuit around sports clubs near Anfa Airport. I still have the sights in my head of a well-driven Sierra Cosworth and Renault 5.
Sportautomoto.ma: Would you be interested in participating in national competitions, and if so which ones?
Tarik: Yes why not if the opportunity presents itself? Motorsport seems to be experiencing a new lease of life in Morocco with the Marrakech circuit. Recently I also saw the footage of a UTV competition on the beach which I really liked. In cars, I dream of being able to do the 24 Hours of the Nürburgring in a Porsche GT3RS. I also dream of racing at Suzuka in Japan and at Laguna Seca in the United States.
Sportautomoto.ma: What racing do you watch on TV?
Tarik: I always watch the F1 Grand Prix highlights, when I get the chance I watch the races live. I also like to watch Moto GP and the Indianapolis 500.
Sportautomoto.ma: What would you like to say to our readers and Moroccan motorsport enthusiasts?
Tarik: To always have self-confidence and the courage to pursue your dreams. It’s a chance to have a passion in life. Even though it can seem overwhelming at times, it is still possible to live and pursue your passion.
Club100 Photography: John Patterson
Article Republished with the kind permission of www.sportautomoto.ma & Tarik Almou.
Translated by Google.
* The E60 2020 championship was in two categories A and B. One hour individual race and also open to teams of 2. The E60 offers exceptional value with 25 minutes of practice / qualifying followed by a 60 minute race, which includes a chain lubrication window, and with a window open between 15 and 45 minutes. To create an even playing field, both categories run a minimum weight limit of 85 kg,
** The SP60 Championship is a series designed to fit between sprint and endurance races, offering a format of 15 minutes of practice, 5 minutes of qualifying and two 30-minute races.
Learn more about Club100’s 2021 Championships here