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Gold Star standings 2017

(As at 17 July 2017)

1st Lewis Hamilton MBE F1 242
2nd Lando Norris F3 163
3rd Will Palmer Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup 150
4th Daniel Ricciardo F1 133
=5th Sam Bird Formula E / WEC (GTEPro) / Le Mans 24 Hour (GTEPro) 130
=5th Brendon Hartley WEC / 24 Hour Endurance Series / Le Mans 24 Hour 130
7th Rob Huff WTCC / TCR 121
8th James Calado WEC (GTEPro) / IMSA.SC (GTLM) / Blancpain Endurance Series 114
9th Tom Chilton WTCC 111
=10th Oliver Jarvis WEC / Intercontinental GT Challenge / WEC (LMP2) / Le Mans 24 Hour 101
=10th Oliver Rowland F2 101
12th Nick Yelloly Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland 93
=13th Andy Priaulx MBE WEC (GTEPro) / Le Mans 24 Hour (GTEPro) 88
=13th Alexander Sims IMSA.SC (GTLM) / Nurburgring 24 Hours 88
=13th Harry Tincknell WEC (GTEPro) / Le Mans 24 Hour (GTEPro) 88
16th Ryan Dalziel IMSA.SC / Pirelli World Challenge 80
17th Richard Westbrook IMSA.SC (GTLM) / Nurburgring 24 Hours / Le Mans 24 Hour (GTEPro) 79
18th George Russell F3 / GP3 77
19th Will Stevens WEC (LMP2) / Blancpain Sprint Series / Le Mans 24 Hour (GTEAm) 73
20th Anthony Davidson WEC 72
21st Nick Cassidy SuperGT / Super Formula 71
22nd Jonny Adam WEC (GTEPro) / Blancpain Endurance Series (ProAm) / Le Mans 24 Hour (GTEPro) 68
=23rd Ryan Briscoe IMSA.SC (GTLM) / Le Mans 24 Hour (GTEPro) 63
=23rd Mike Conway WEC / IMSA.SC 63
25th Darren Turner WEC (GTEPro) / ELMS (LMGTE) / Nurburgring 24 Hours (SP8) / Le Mans 24 Hours (GTEPro) 62
26th Michael Meadows Blancpain Sprint Series / Blancpain Endurance Series / International GT Open (ProAm) 61
27th Jake Dennis GP3 / F3 / Blancpain Endurance Series 60
28th Alex Lynn GP2 / IMSA.SC / WEC (LMP2) 56
29th Nick Tandy Intercontinental GT Challenge / WEC 53
=30th James Nash TCR 51
=30th Duncan Tappy International GT Open / ACO Michelin Le Mans Cup 51
=32nd Alexander Albon F2 49
=32nd Jamie Green DTM 49
34th Jack Aitken GP3 48
35th Dan Cammish Porsche Super Cup 46
=36th Alex Brundle WEC (LMP2) / Le Mans 24 Hour 44
=36th Steven Kane Intercontinental GT Challenge / Blancpain Sprint Series 44
38th Shaun Balfe International GT Open 42
39th Katherine Legge IMSA.SC (GTD) 38
40th Rob Bell Intercontinental GT Challenge / International GT Open 37
41st Paul Di Resta DTM 36
42nd Tom Onslow-Cole 24 Hour Endurance Series / International GT Open (ProAm) 35
=43rd Jordan King F2 33
=43rd Mark Webber WEC 33
45th Oliver Gavin IMSA.SC (GTLM) / Le Mans 24 Hour (GTEPro) 31
=46th Dan Lloyd TCR 30
=46th Gary Paffett DTM 30
48th Tom Blomqvist WEC (LMP2) / Blancpain Sprint Series / Nurburgring 24 Hours / DTM 29
49th Robin Liddell IMSA Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge 28
50th Josh Webster 24 Hour Endurance Series (A6-Am)/ Porsche Super Cup 27
51st Euan Hankey ELMS (LMGTE) 24
52nd James Winslow Asian LMS (LMP3) / ACO Michelin Le Mans Cup 23
=53rd Ed Jones IndyCar / Indy500 21
=53rd James Kaye 24 Hour Endurance Series (TCR) 21
=55th Ben Hanley ELMS 16
=55th Alex MacDowall ADAC GT Masters 16
57th Oliver Webb 24 Hour Endurance Series (SPX) / WEC 15
=58th Adam Christodoulou IMSA.SC (GTD) / Nurburgring 24 Hours 14
=58th Jonny Cocker ELMS (LMGTE) 14
=58th Jody Fannin ELMS (LMGTE) 14
=58th Andrew Howard ELMS (LMGTE) 14
=58th Richard Lyons SuperGT (GT300) 14
=58th John Martin Intercontinental GT Challenge (AAM) 14
=58th Alex Yoong AsianLMS (GT3Cup) 14
=65th Richard Bradley ELMS / Le Mans 24 Hour 12
=65th Max Chilton Indy500 12
=65th Phil Keen International GT Open 12
=65th Andy Meyrick ACO Michelin Le Mans Cup 12
=65th Guy Smith Intercontinental GT Challenge 12
=70th Duncan Cameron Le Mans 24 Hour (GTEAm) 10
=70th Stuart Hall 24 Hour Endurance Series (A6-Am) 10
=70th Aaron Scott Le Mans 24 Hour (GTEAm) 10
=73rd Mitch Evans Formula E 9
=73rd Joe Osborne 24 Hour Endurance Series 9
=75th Alex Buncombe Blancpain Endurance Series 7
=75th Tom Kimber-Smith IMSA.SC 7
=77th Jann Mardenborough Super Formula 5
=77th Tom Oliphant Porsche Super Cup 5
=77th Oliver Turvey Formula E 5

Silver Star standings 2017

(As at 9 July 2017)

1st Gordon Shedden BTCC 137 (143)*
2nd Colin Turkington BTCC 134
3rd Dan Cammish Porsche Carrera Cup 125
4th Rob Collard BTCC 122 (125)
=5th Phil Keen British GT 108
=5th Jon Minshaw British GT 108
7th Matt Neal BTCC 99
8th Andrew Jordan BTCC 90
9th Rick Parfitt British GT 84
10th Dino Zamparelli Porsche Carrera Cup 77
=11th Jonny Adam British GT 68
=11th Derek Johnston British GT 68
=13th Liam Griffin British GT 62
=13th Adam Morgan BTCC 62
=13th Sam Tordoff British GT 62
=16th Rob Austin BTCC 60
=16th Mat Jackson BTCC 60
=16th Tom Oliphant Porsche Carrera Cup 60
19th Jon Barnes British GT 57
20th Jack Goff BTCC 55
21st Duncan Cameron British GT 53
22nd Callum Macleod British GT 38
=23rd Tom Chilton BTCC 19
=23rd Jason Plato BTCC 19
25th Martin Short British GT 16
26th Adam Christodoulou British GT 12
27th Jeff Smith BTCC 3
* Brackets are used to denote the driver's total accrual of points when they are counting their best 12 race results      




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 competitive people, it was thought 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:


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.

A serious discussion took place with regard to the method to be adopted in deciding which member should receive the award.

The details of how the award would be presented was discussed at a special meeting on Monday 8th October at Pagani’s at 6.30 pm. Capt Malcolm Campbell and Mr Don agreed not to attend as it later became clear they were likely recipients.

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. 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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