Defending DTM champion Mike Rockenfeller says he's looking to respond immediately at Russia this weekend following a difficult couple of rounds for the Audi man.

Last year's runaway DTM champion has struggled for form during the past couple of races, culminating with just five-points to his name from Budapest and the Norisring.

Subsequently, Rockenfeller has dropped to fourth in the title-race and sits 23-points behind this year's new sensation Marco Wittmann.

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Qualifying has been the Phoenix-Audi driver's Achilles heel of late and has failed to qualify within the top-ten since his fifth place-starting slot back in Oschersleben - constantly leaving his RS5 with an uphill task on the Sunday.

This time last year at the Moscow Raceway, however, was a pivotal point in Rockenfeller's championship assault, which led him to a maiden DTM-crown. The German was dominant all weekend long to claim both pole-position and victory while his nearest title-rival Bruno Spengler endured a meltdown at the Russian circuit.

"With the pole position and victory in 2013 I had a dream weekend at Moscow," said Rockenfeller. "Obviously, my wish is to be able to give the right response there following two difficult races.

"With a little bit more fortune concerning a few minor issues we'll have good chances of being in contention at the front again."

Audi, despite having five of its drivers within the top six of the championship, staggeringly hasn't won a single DTM race this season, a statistic which their head of DTM, Dieter Gass doesn't want to keep for much longer.

"The first victory of the season has long been overdue for our squad," said Audi's head of DTM. "We've been showing a consistently strong performance with nearly all of our drivers whereas our competitors keep experiencing highs and lows.

"Our aim for the race at Moscow is to repeat last year's victory - even though we'll be racing on a different configuration of the track. We've got a balanced team performance this year and still have a number of drivers in contention for the championship.

"This also means that we've got several hot candidates for victory at Moscow in our ranks."