The 2016 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship gets under way at Brands Hatch this weekend with a capacity entry of 32 competitors.

Among them, there are a number of intriguing new driver and car combinations. Here’s our pick of the 10 star drivers who are likely to stand out during the 30 rounds ahead.

1 Gordon Shedden

Age: 37 Career races: 287 Career points: 2544 Race wins: 41

2015 championship position: 1

It is hard to look beyond Shedden retaining his title in 2016. The Flying Scotsman has a solid Honda Civic Type R under him, fitted with a new-spec engine. His qualifying speed is undiminished and his prowess at overtaking is the best in the series.

2 Jason Plato