Mike Rockenfeller says he's aiming to end Audi's 12-year long Norisring drought this weekend as the defending DTM champion looks to reclaim the series lead.

Audi haven't won their 'home' race on the streets of Nurnberg since Laurent Aiello narrowly triumphed from fellow DTM and Mercedes Bernd Schneider in 2002.

Briefly this statistic looked to have been brilliantly toppled last season thanks to what seemed to be an heroic victory from Mattias Ekstrom, but the Swede cruelly lost his win during the infamous parc ferme fiasco.

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Moving back into the present, their lead driver Rockenfeller, recently lost his championship lead last time out to the current star of the DTM show, Marco Wittmann with the young German winning two of first three rounds of the year in his BMW M4.

Although losing the title lead, Rockenfeller did however uphold his ultra-consistent ability to put points on the table with a tenth place finish amid the late race chaos at the Hungaroring, a point which may prove crucial later in proceedings.

Rockenfeller, on a circuit he's traditionally struggled, says if he stands any chance of claiming victory this weekend his Phoenix run RS5's set up must be perfect from the get go, something which wasn't the case last time out at Budapest.

"Even though this is our home round and the season's high point, I've always struggled at the Norisring more than anywhere else," he said.

"Fifth place in 2013 was one of my better results. It's important for an Audi driver to win there again - and obviously I'd like to be that driver. We're working hard on starting the weekend with an optimum set-up."