The memories of Circuit Park Zandvoort, which plays host to the ninth and penultimate round of the DTM on Sunday, could not be better for Team Abt Sportsline.

Last year, Mattias Ekstr?m recorded his first ever DTM race win with the Abt-Audi TT-R, with his team-mate Laurent Aiello capturing the championship title with races still to be run.

"Such experiences give an additional motivation to the whole team," believes Audi Junior Martin Tomczyk, who returns to the Dutch track after finishing 18th there last year.

The S-line Audi Junior Team driver makes the journey to the unique race course - , situated in the dunes nearby the North Sea - with some optimism.

"The track should suit us better than the A1-Ring," he explained, despite opening his DTM account at the latest outing for the series, in Austria, "The set-up of our Abt-Audi TT-R will be the key to success but, in addition, the driver's skill is required - in some corners, you have to be very brave and stay on the throttle in order to be fast."

The German's rookie team-mate, Peter Terting, will not only be focusing on another track he is unfamiliar with, but also towards the sky.

"At Zandvoort, the wind plays an important role," said the 19-year old Bavarian, "According to the wind speed, more or less sand from the dunes is blown onto the track. Conditions can change quite a lot within a few laps."

Aiello, meanwhile, returns to Zandvoort as the best placed Audi driver in the championship and, at 20 points behind the leader, still has a theoretical chance of successfully defending his DTM title.

 

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