Gabriele Tarquini says his Castrol Honda World Touring Car squad is still hunting its optimum set up as they prepare for the Nurburgring this weekend.

The Italian driver anticipates the prestigious German track to pose a brand new challenge to all the WTCC teams but is concerned Honda will be handicapped before it turns a wheel if it can't find a strong aerodynamic set up.

"We ran the new aero package here two weeks ago and managed to work with varying set ups but we still need to find the optimum setting," Tarquini said. "It is so easy to lose, one, two or even three seconds a lap here so getting the right set up is of great importance.

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"We showed good pace in testing and, whilst we can expect the competition to be strong here, we must target the podium."

The former BTCC, ETCC and WTCC champion suffered a disastrous race weekend in Hungary, leaving Budapest pointless after being disqualified from race one and trailing in 13th in race two.

As a result, the 53-year-old dropped to eighth place in the drivers' standings which he will be keen to improve upon at the Nurburgring Nordschleife.

"This is a completely new track for us in the WTCC. The test session before Budapest is the first time we've run in the Civic WTCC here. We know the touring cars will be very fast but unlike the GT3s that compete, we have no electronic aids, no ABS, which makes it totally different and much more difficult on this track."