Albers reaches his half-century.

Christijan Albers will be a focus of attention when the DTM visits Barcelona for the latest round of the championship as he reaches his half-century.

Albers returned to the DTM in 2008 at the wheel of a two year-old Futurecom TME-prepared Audi A4, but while he is yet to score a point this season, a series of dogged drives have shown why he was once considered a title threat.

A former Mercedes driver, Albers made his DTM debut in 2001 but became a challenger for the championship in 2003 and 2004 when he finished second and third overall respectively.

A failed foray into Formula 1 has since prompted Albers to return to touring cars though, albeit in a 'used' Audi. Nonetheless, while points haven't been forthcoming, Albers wants use this weekend to get back into the points – not that he is particularly hopeful.

"It'll be difficult for us at Barcelona,” he admitted. “Downforce is very important there, and downforce is something that our 2006 car doesn't have so much of. We'll see how things progress. I hope that the sun shines and it stays dry. I hope that we learnt something at Brands Hatch about strategy."

Team-mate Katherine Legge, meanwhile, is also keen to get off the mark in Spain, although it'll be a steep learning curve once again for the ex-Champ Car driver.

"I'm looking forward to Barcelona, because I once had a team mate who was a Catalan. He told me where the coolest places are. The circuit looks really good. I hope that the sun shines and we can turn our speed into a good result."

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Christijan Albers - Futurecom TME Audi A4 [pic credit: DTM Media]
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