So, the gloves are off in this year's Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.

After the opening three races at Brands Hatch last weekend we have a few answers as to what is likely to happen this season – but don’t look too closely at the points table for an indication of who is going to make a mark over the next 27 races.

Honda Civic Type R driver Matt Neal heads the standings alongside MG6 racer Jack Goff. Neal took a win in the third race, while Goff had a consistently strong weekend which he capped by following Neal across the line in race three.

New rules this season have ramped up the success ballast that points leaders have to carry into each subsequent meeting and both men will head to Donington Park on April 18/19 with a whopping 66kg of lead bolted in to the passenger footwell.

That is going to seriously handicap them in qualifying and could leave the door open for some of those drivers who were unfortunate at Brands Hatch.

Chief among those was Jason Plato in the Team BMR Volkswagen CC. He was in command of race two, after a cute bit of strategy in the first race to bag pole, and was on course for an 89th career win when he suffered a puncture which put him in the gravel.