Augusto Farfus says it is crucial to pick up solid points at Brands Hatch as he looks to keep his World Touring Car Championship challenge on track.

The Brazilian currently lies third in the championship standings having picked up his second victory of the season last time out in Portugal on a weekend when BMW elected to utilise team orders for the first time.

Farfus currently sits 15 points behind defending champion Yvan Muller but is just a point away from Gabriele Tarquini, and he will now look to pick up a first Brands Hatch win to close the gap the points leader.

"Last year I claimed pole position at Brands Hatch, but I couldn't use it to celebrate a big points' finish," he said. "Now I'm fired up to improve my tally on this great circuit. It will be crucial to score another strong result. Only then will I be able to keep the pressure up on the guys who are in front of me in the drivers' standings."

BMW Team Germany team-mate Jorg Muller took victory on British soil last season and he too will hope to challenge for victory as BMW looks to close the gap to SEAT in the manufacturers' championship.

"My performance at Brands Hatch has constantly improved," he said. "In 2006, I had to retire, then I scored points and then last year, I celebrated victory there. Apart from these results, I like the track a lot. It's nicely embedded in the landscape and a true classic on the calendar."