Following two second places in the opening rounds of the DTM Championship, Audi's Tom Kristensen is looking to this weekend's race at Oschersleben to claim his first win of '06 and launch a serious championship offensive.
Mercedes' Schneider has tasted victory in the opening races so far this season at Hockenheim and the EuroSpeedway Lausitz and Kristensen will head to the circuit closest to his native Denmark dead set on the win.
The record Le Mans winner has overcome difficulties in qualifying this season to push the Audi A4 DTM onto the second step of the podium and had to struggle against adversity at Oschersleben last year after claiming pole, stalling and fighting back from the back of the field to fifth.
"I not only like Oschersleben because the circuit is relatively close to Denmark, but in my first DTM season I clinched victory there as early as in the seventh race," stated Kristensen. "Last year as well, the speed was right and I had pole. Unfortunately I didn't get off the grid. So I've got something to make up and hope the time has come for me to claim another win."
Kristensen is just four points adrift of Schneider in the championship standings and Dr Wolfgang Ulrich, Head of Audi Motorsport, is confident the Abt Sportsline driver and his fellow Audi chargers can wrestle the initiative from Mercedes this weekend.
"Our expectations are high - we want to win at Oschersleben and achieve a good team result," admitted Ulrich. "So far, Oschersleben has suited our car pretty well, that's why I'm hoping that we'll finally break the knot. In the race our performance is right already, now we need a good qualifying result for a change and if that's the case, I'm confident we'll manage to clinch a good race result as well."