Audi duo Mike Rockenfeller and Mattias Ekstrom both believe qualifying at this weekend's Hungarian DTM round will be the most important Saturday session of the year.

The DTM circus travels to the Hungaroring this weekend after a 26-year absence from the popular touring car championship calendar.

Teams and drivers, however, will arrive familiar to the Budapest situated circuit following an extensive four day pre-season test held earlier in April.

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Rockenfeller, who leads the early running by five points, emphasises the importance of finding a perfect set-up prior to qualifying on the tight and technical circuit.

"Budapest is a difficult and demanding track," says the current DTM champion.

"We're going to give our best to find a perfect set-up for qualifying. That'll be an important base for being in contention again for first place."

Like his Audi team mate, Ekstrom also knows overtaking around the Hungaroring circuit will be at a premium with only one clear cut opportunity into turn 1.

The Swede currently lies fourth in the championship following his second place finish at the Hockenheim season opener.

"A great circuit in a beautiful city. The way I see it, we're going to drive the most important qualifying session of the year on Saturday because overtaking on this track is anything but easy," says Ekstrom.

"Overtaking won't be easy in the race. The only opportunity exists in front of turn one, if you manage to pull alongside the other car. DRS helps, of course, but the straight is pretty short."