Sebastien Loeb says he's targeting a return to the World Touring Car Championship podium at 'a hell of a circuit' this weekend.

WTCC is heading to the Nurburgring Nordschleife, nicknamed 'the green hell', which comprises of 170 corners each posing a different challenge which will test the drivers' abilities to adapt.

Last time out the nine-time World Rally champion suffered a difficult event at the Hungaroring, finishing sixth and fifth in the two races, but feels the prestigious German circuit could be more suited to his rallying background.

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"I want to get back to winning ways, or at least make it onto the podium," Loeb said. "We're going to be taking on a hell of a circuit. It's a real thrill to drive on. If you want to be quick, you need to use the whole track, but the grass and the safety barrier are so close that there is very little margin for error."

In last month's official WTCC testing day Loeb finished second on the timesheet behind his Citroen team-mate Jose Maria Lopez. The French driver's fastest time was a 8m 40.517s lap, 2.5 seconds off Lopez, but Loeb is wary his rivals may have held back at the 15-mile track and will return with vast improvements for the race weekend.

"The times in testing were quite close. We'll see how much progress the different drivers have made using their saved data," he added.

A conventional two race weekend is scheduled at the German track (each race being run over three laps) and will act as the curtain raiser to the Nurburgring 24 Hour.