Tom Kristensen may need to delve back into his memory for the last time he tested at the Barcelona circuit, but he remains one of only a few drivers competing in the DTM with experience of the Spanish circuit, something he hopes will help him close the gap to Bernd Schneider.
Although the Dane claimed his second win of the season at Zandvoort, it was his rival who was standing next to him on the podium, meaning the gap to the German is only down to ten points with three rounds remaining.
Still, there is all to play for in those rounds as two of them will contain circuits the DTM has never visited before, starting off with the shorter configuration of the Circuit de Catalunya, a layout rarely used for races and therefore little known by drivers, closely followed by Le Mans.
Nonetheless, while he has to think back to 1997 when he was Tyrrell's test driver, Kristensen does have memories of the circuit and is hoping his small advantage will see him keep Schneider honest in the standings. He realises though that a bad round could spell the end of his title dreams.
“I know the circuit from my time as a Formula 1 'test' driver – even the short loop which we flooded once to test rain tyres,” he said. “So, I'm well aware of what to expect. I think we have a good chance of narrowing the gap to Bernd at Barcelona and at Le Mans.
“After failing to finish at Brands Hatch we knew that we would have to fight hard and do everything possible. Winning at Zandvoort was fantastic. Unfortunately Bernd stood next to me on the podium, which wasn't so good. At Barcelona, I'd really not like to see any Mercedes drivers on the podium if possible – otherwise it'll be really difficult in the title fight.”