Mercedes' Robert Wickens is 'fired up' to reignite his DTM championship challenge at the Hungaroring following a damaging Nurburgring weekend.

The HWA driver's title hopes hang in the balance after Wickens scored only two points at the Nurburgring, in comparison to championship leader Marco Wittmann's total of 45.

Wickens had entered the previous round as Wittmann's chief championship rival but has since dropped to third behind Audi's Edoardo Mortara.

Qualifying proved to be the Canadian's Achilles heel over the Nurburgring weekend after Wickens failed to really recover from starting 13th and 17th during the two races.

However, it's not all doom and gloom for Wickens as the Mercedes driver believes the resurfaced Hungaroring layout could help the C63 Coupe outfit gain a march on BMW and Audi.

"With regard to the championship, Budapest is an all-or-nothing weekend for us. I'm 50 points behind the leader but am feeling upbeat ahead of the race weekend," Wickens said.

"The Hungaroring has been resurfaced for this season, so that's going to be a new challenge for everyone. So far this year, we've been highly competitive on tracks with a very smooth surface, for example recently in Moscow.

"At Spielberg, where there was also new tarmac, we made some mistakes, but ultimately we were quick and we even set the fastest lap. So there are some encouraging signs that we can take to Budapest.

"Anyway, I'm all fired up for the weekend, and I'll be giving it everything I've got to score as many points as possible."


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