Christijan Albers is eyeing a happy homecoming as he prepares for his home event at Zandvoort, round six of the DTM.

Albers has not raced in front of his home crowd since he finished third for Mercedes' DTM team back in 2004, the result coming before he defected to Formula 1.

Now with Audi, Albers is hoping the crowd get behind him as he looks to get on the score sheet for the first time this season. Indeed, while Albers has often shown top ten pace in free practice, it has not been translated into qualifying and race speed.

Still, while the 2006-specification A4 receives a weight break for this weekend, Albers is remaining philosophical about his chances.

"It's always a great feeling to race in your home race. The public and the atmosphere at Zandvoort are fantastic. Hopefully the weather will also be good for the fans. It won't be easy for us with the 2006 cars, but we'll give the maximum to bring home a good result."

Futurecom TME team-mate Katherine Legge, meanwhile, has another circuit to learn as she plies her trade in touring cars for the first time. However, in a car that has dominated around Zandvoort in recent years, she is excited about the prospect of challenging higher up the grid.

"I only know Zandvoort from the television and have done a few laps on the computer. I'm already very intrigued to see it as I've heard that the circuit should suit our car better than the Norisring. It's always interesting to get to know a new circuit."


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