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Quintet out to give BMW perfect homecoming.

Each of BMW's five factory-based drivers head to the latest round of the World Touring Car Championship with something to prove as they arrive at their employer's home event.

Of the quintet, triple champion Andy Priaulx remains the best place in third overall after a solid weekend at his home Brands Hatch round, although it was Jorg Muller that came away from the weekend with the biggest smile on his face after a win and a fourth place finish.

Lifting him up to fifth in the overall standings, while the flip side means Muller has 70kg of success ballast this weekend, he is confident of a good result around a circuit that has treated BMW well in the past.

“I just can't wait for my home race. The 15 points I scored at Brands Hatch came at the perfect point in time. I'm far from giving up the fight for the title. Now I have to score as many points as possible in Oschersleben. I'm aware this will be no easy task with 70 kilos of handicap weight, but still I hope for a top result.”

Elsewhere, Augusto Farfus is determined to put his recent run of bad luck behind him as he bids to mount a late title charge. Down to tenth in the standings after a disastrous Brands Hatch weekend, Farfus is also former winner at the Oschersleben.

”For me things can only get better. Following all the bad luck I have suffered so far this season, I finally want to make full use of our car's fantastic performance by scoring some good results, and the fact I won one of last year's Oschersleben rounds demonstrates that the circuit suits me well.”

Priaulx, meanwhile, considers the most memorable Oschersleben moment to be that of Alex Zanardi's historic victory there back in 2005.

”Obviously, Oschersleben is a home race for all of us BMW drivers – no matter where we come from. My personal memories are of wins, and also the emotions of 2005. That year I stood on the podium alongside Alex Zanardi when he won his first WTCC race – there was not a dry eye at the track.”

”Quite obviously, my relationship with Oschersleben is a very special one,” Zanardi, who recorded a podium at Brands Hatch alongside team-mate Felix Porteiro, added. “Being back on the highest step of the podium there in 2005, for the first time after my accident, will always remain unforgettable. But there's no reason for me to only look back. Following my good recent results I now also want to score in Germany.”


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