Following fruitless outings in the last two rounds, Audi is aiming to hit back with a vengeance at Zandvoort this weekend to claw back vital points on rival Mercedes in the title chase.

The Ingolstadt marque could do no better than fifth at the Norisring and third at the Nurburgring last time out, but with the championship battle entering its most critical phase and only four rounds left, Audi knows it needs a strong performance in Holland to keep itself in the hunt.

The squad's main man in the series this year is Tom Kristensen, who has fallen back to 12 points adrift of championship leader Bernd Schneider. While the German stood on the rostrum in both of the last two rounds his Danish rival could do little better than a brace of fifth places, costing him further ground after his retirement from the lead at Brands Hatch.

Looking ahead to the race, one of the most demanding and popular on the calendar, Kristensen said: "The circuit is fantastic and our Audi is usually very good there. There are loads of spectacular corners, both fast and slow and we have a very good chance of a win."

Indeed, it is a track that has been kind to Audi in the past, with Mattias Ekstrom twice a previous winner and Christian Abt, Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Martin Tomczyk also having tasted podium champagne.

Frentzen said: "I'm looking forward to Zandvoort. The race will be a little tougher than usual, but there is a great atmosphere there, lots of people and it's an interesting circuit."

"It would be fantastic to be able to follow on from the result at the N?rburgring and finish in the points again in Zandvoort," Tomczyk added. "All of us like the circuit, and we've always had good results at Zandvoort."


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