Trying to predict a winner at Brands Hatch, let alone a champion, is not normally this difficult before a British Touring Car Championship season. There's usually a clutch of three or four drivers you would expect to be leading the way when it all kicks off after the usual winter of mystery. But there's something very different about this year.
With the NGTC regulations throwing up another packed grid - 32 cars have entered the 2015 season, although three (the two Motorbase Fords and Nicolas Hamilton's Audi) will miss the early races - the championship is enjoying a strong period of technical stability. Most cars are entering their fourth season, some their fifth. It's still not a universally loved formula, but in quantity alone the results speak for themselves.
And yet the biggest driver shake-up in recent times is promising a season of unparalleled unpredictability. The status quo has been ripped apart, and it's all change at the top. Jason Plato's MG contract expired and Team BMR was the only place with the coffers and ambition to match his pedigree. Colin Turkington lost his seat with WSR when eBay pulled its title sponsorship (echoing the scenes of 2009), but BMR offered a reprieve.