M-Sport pair Evgeny Novikov and Ott Tanak will hope to impress this weekend on the first all-asphalt event on the 2012 WRC schedule.

For Novikov, this weekend will be his first outing on Rally Germany with the Russian also welcoming a new co-driver for the event in the shape of Nicolas Klinger.

Klinger will replace Denis Giraudet, who is forced to miss the event having picked up a back injury during Rally Finland.

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"I'm feeling good ahead of the event and looking forward to getting back in the car," he said. "I'm ready to fight and in a really good mood for the rally.

"It will be very strange not having Denis next to me, but Nicolas is a very nice guy and also a very good co-driver. We will work hard during the recce to make sure that our pace-notes are as good as they can be and I am sure that everything will be fine.

"This will be my first time at this event so it will be all about doing our best for a good result."

Tanak will be competing in Germany for the third time, although it will be his first appearance in a full-blown WRC machine, with the Estonian setting himself no targets other than to secure a good result for the team.

"This will be the first proper tarmac event of the year so for sure it will be a challenge," he said. "In the beginning it will not be so easy to get back into the rhythm of driving on asphalt, but we should be able to find our pace throughout the weekend.

"This will be my third time in Germany. On the recce the roads can look quite easy, but they are really deceptive! During the event there are lots of cuts and - especially on the military ground - a lot of mud and gravel can get pulled onto the road which makes it quite slippery and a big challenge.

"I've got no target in mind for this event - just keep going, find our pace and hopefully secure another good result for the team."