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Gold Star standings 2020

(As at 19 January 2020)

NB: Gold Star year runs 1 November to 31 October annually

POSITION DRIVER CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS
1st Lewis Hamilton MBE F1 53
2nd Nick Cassidy Super GT / SGT-DTM 42
3rd Mike Conway WEC 33
=4th Nick Foster Asian Le Mans Series 32
=4th Brendon Hartley WEC 32
=6th Earl Bamber GTWC 28
=6th Ben Barker WEC (GTEAm) / 24 Hour Endurance Series 28
=6th Callum Ilott F3 / F2 28
9th Andy Priaulx MBE WTCR 26
10th Rob Huff WTCR 25
=11th Ben Barnicoat Asian Le Mans Series 24
=11th Anthony Davidson WEC (LMP2) 24
=11th Alex Lynn WEC (GTEPro) 24
=11th Colin Noble Asian Le Mans Series (LMP3) 24
=11th Harry Tincknell Asian Le Mans Series 24
=11th Tony Wells Asian Le Mans Series (LMP3) 24
=17th Sam Bird Formula E 21
=17th Paul Di Resta WEC (LMP2) 21
=17th Alexander Sims Formula E 21
=17th Nick Tandy Intercontinental GT Challenge 21
=21st Will Stevens WEC (LMP2) 17
=21st Darren Turner WEC (GTEAm) 17
=23rd Alex Albon F1 16
=23rd Oliver Rowland Formula E 16
=25th Daniel Ricciardo F1 14
=25th Jonny Adam WEC (GTEAm) 14
=25th Charlie Eastwood WEC (GTEAm) 14

=25th

Glynn Geddie 24 Hour Endurance Series (GTX) 14
=25th Phil Keen 24 Hour Endurance Series (GTX) 14
30th Mitch Evans Formula E 12
31st Lando Norris F1 11
=32nd Ben Hanley WEC  9
=32nd Jordan King WEC 9
=32nd James Winslow Asian LMS 9

=35th

Nathan Freke 24 Hour Endurance Series (GT4) 7
=35th Mike Simpson WEC 7
=35th Guy Smith WEC 7
=38th Jenson Button MBE SuperGT 5
=38th Alex Davison Australian V8 5
=38th Oliver Jarvis Intercontinental GT Challenge 5
       
       
       
       
       

Silver Star standings 2019

The first Silver Star point scoring events for 2020 will be held on 28/29 March.

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AWARDS OF MERIT
A short history of the BRDC Stars

Pagani’s Restaurant was where it all began. On 12th March 1928 a group of eminent British motor racing personalities met to combine the dinners of Dr Dudley Benjafield with the concept of Brooklands chief timekeeper ‘Ebby’ Ebblewhite into the British Racing Drivers’ Club. It was decided that only proper racing drivers should be eligible for membership together with such others, ‘Ebby’ being a prime example, might be deemed to have made an outstanding contribution to the sport.

Although championships as such were few and far between in those days, racing drivers being the competitive people they are, thought it would be a good thing if the Club recognised the outstanding performance of the year by one of the Members in racing and record-breaking. And so on 1st October 1928 the Club’s General Committee met and passed the following resolution:

CLUB AWARD OF MERIT

It was agreed only one award of merit should be presented each year in the form of a gold plaque as suggested in the design submitted by the Hon Secretary and to cost not more than £14.

Mr Ebblewhite presented a scheme and, as time did not permit the details being debated, it was decided to discuss the matter at a special meeting on Monday 8th October at Pagani’s at 6.30 pm. Capt Campbell and Mr Don agreed not to attend as it later became clear they were likely recipients. After a long discussion, it was decided that an aggregate system should be adopted to decide the winner of the Award of Merit.

Each world record was worth 12 points compared with winning a Grand Prix or Le Mans which scored eight. As the first driver to exceed 130 mph on the Brooklands Outer Circuit and winner of the first Ards Tourist Trophy, it was Dublin-born Don who was awarded this unique plaque. Before the end of January 1929 the Committee had decided that, in addition to a “Championship Trophy”, up to three Stars should be given each year as awards of merit.

A ballot at the December meeting decided that the recipients of these first three stars should be Sir Henry Segrave for breaking the Land Speed Record at Daytona with the Sunbeam Golden Arrow, Malcolm Campbell for some lesser records at Verneuk Pan in South Africa, and Sammy Davis for his track racing successes. Kaye Don won the points-based Championship Trophy but this award was dropped from 1930 onwards as the Stars became ascendant.

Throughout the 1930s at least two Gold Stars were awarded annually on a points basis for success in track and road racing respectively, with a third available for “outstanding performances” at the discretion of the Committee. Curiously, for 1931 it was decided that “it was not possible to select any outstanding achievement, and it was therefore decided not to make such award”. That was in October, Sir Malcolm Campbell having earlier in the year set a new Land Speed Record at some 246 mph – not outstanding enough it seems. However, the Committee had second thoughts a few weeks later and gave the Award to George Eyston for achieving 100 miles in the hour in his 750cc MG EX120. But nothing for Sir Malcolm.

In 1938 no less than six Gold Stars were awarded, three for record breaking, one to Richard Seaman for winning the German Grand Prix and the two road racing and track Stars, the former to “B Bira” who achieved his hat trick and gave rise to Prince Chula’s book of the same name.

After World War 2, Bira’s hat trick paled by comparison with the extraordinary achievement of Stirling Moss who, from being the youngest ever winner of a Gold Star at the age of 21 in 1950, took the points-based Award every year of that decade apart from 1953 when Mike Hawthorn’s first season with Ferrari earned him his first Gold Star. Mike’s second came almost posthumously for winning the World Championship in 1958.

In more recent times hat tricks and better have been achieved, usually by the top British Formula 1 driver of the day, but only one man has won three in one year – the great Jim Clark in his annus mirabilis of 1965 when he won both the World Championship and the Indianapolis 500 quite apart from many other races to give him an unassailable points total. Only once has there been a tie on points – in 1989 when Nigel Mansell’s first year with Ferrari brought podiums or retirements while Kenny Acheson enjoyed a superb season with the Group C Sauber.

For 1977 the then Club Secretary, Pierre Aumonier, recommended to the Club’s Board that there should be an equivalent Award for the most successful Club member competing in UK events and thus was born the Silver Star. Today this is focused on the three major British championships in which Members compete: the BTCC, British F3 and British GT. With more chances to score points, this tends to favour the Touring Car drivers but, unlike the Gold Star where all races count, Members can only include their best 12 results and exceptional seasons, such as Gary Paffett enjoyed in F3 in 2000 and Andrew Kirkaldy in British GT in 2005, can see off the BTCC brigade.

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