Mike Rockenfeller has targeted a return to race-winning form in the DTM this weekend on his comeback following his huge accident in the Le Mans 24 Hours.
The Audi driver, who took his maiden DTM win earlier this year at Zandvoort, was forced to sit out the last round of the German series at Lausitz as he was still recovering from his horrific crash in the R18 prototype at Le Mans.
A decision on his fitness to race this weekend at the Norisring was left until the last minute, but Rockenfeller was cleared to compete and set the 11th fastest time in Friday's free practice session after completing 45 laps.
"I'm happy to be part of the action in the DTM again after a one-race break," said Rockenfeller. "I'm hoping to do as well again right away as at the first races. I'm delighted to see my guys again here and would like to celebrate a success with them again."
The 27-year-old was third in the standings before Le Mans, nine points adrift of the lead in the title race. He returns now fourth in the championship, 16 points behind new leader Martin Tomczyk.