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Gold Star standings 2017

(As at 19 June 2017)

1st Lewis Hamilton MBE F1 194
2nd Lando Norris F3 130
3rd Will Palmer Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup 118
4th Brendon Hartley WEC / 24 Hour Endurance Series / Le Mans 24 Hour 109
5th Rob Huff WTCC / TCR 97
6th James Calado WEC (GTEPro) / IMSA.SC (GTLM) / Blancpain Endurance Series 93
=7th Sam Bird Formula E / WEC (GTEPro) / Le Mans 24 Hour (GTEPro) 88
=7th Tom Chilton WTCC 88
=7th Andy Priaulx MBE WEC (GTEPro) / Le Mans 24 Hour (GTEPro) 88
=7th Harry Tincknell WEC (GTEPro) / Le Mans 24 Hour (GTEPro) 88
11th Oliver Jarvis WEC / Intercontinental GT Challenge / WEC (LMP2) / Le Mans 24 Hour 87
12th Daniel Ricciardo F1 81
13th Will Stevens WEC (LMP2) / Blancpain Sprint Series / Le Mans 24 Hour (GTEAm) 73
14th Nick Cassidy SuperGT / Super Formula 71
=15th Ryan Dalziel IMSA.SC / Pirelli World Challenge 68
=15th Oliver Rowland F2 68
17th Anthony Davidson WEC 63
18th Darren Turner WEC (GTEPro) / ELMS (LMGTE) / Nurburgring 24 Hours (SP8) / Le Mans 24 Hours (GTEPro) 62
19th Michael Meadows Blancpain Sprint Series / Blancpain Endurance Series / International GT Open (ProAm) 61
20th Jonny Adam WEC (GTEPro) / Blancpain Endurance Series (ProAm) / Le Mans 24 Hour (GTEPro) 58
=21st Alex Lynn GP2 / IMSA.SC / WEC (LMP2) 56
=21st Nick Yelloly Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland 56
23rd Jake Dennis GP3 / F3 55
=24th Mike Conway WEC / IMSA.SC 51
=24th Richard Westbrook IMSA.SC (GTLM) / Nurburgring 24 Hours / Le Mans 24 Hour (GTEPro) 51
26th Jamie Green DTM 49
27th Alexander Sims IMSA.SC (GTLM) / Nurburgring 24 Hours 46
=28th Alex Brundle WEC (LMP2) / Le Mans 24 Hour 44
=28th Steven Kane Intercontinental GT Challenge / Blancpain Sprint Series 44
=28th Duncan Tappy International GT Open / ACO Michelin Le Mans Cup 44
=31st Shaun Balfe International GT Open 42
=31st James Nash TCR 42
=33rd Rob Bell Intercontinental GT Challenge / International GT Open 37
=33rd Dan Cammish Porsche Super Cup 37
=33rd Nick Tandy Intercontinental GT Challenge / WEC 37
36th Ryan Briscoe IMSA.SC (GTLM) / Le Mans 24 Hour (GTEPro) 35
37th Mark Webber WEC 33
38th Paul Di Resta DTM 31
39th Gary Paffett DTM 30
40th Alexander Albon F2 26
=41st Tom Blomqvist WEC (LMP2) / Blancpain Sprint Series / Nurburgring 24 Hours 24
=41st Oliver Gavin IMSA.SC (GTLM) / Le Mans 24 Hour (GTEPro) 24
=41st Euan Hankey ELMS (LMGTE) 24
=44th Jordan King F2 23
=44th Tom Onslow-Cole 24 Hour Endurance Series / International GT Open (ProAm) 23
=44th James Winslow Asian LMS (LMP3) / ACO Michelin Le Mans Cup 23
=47th Ed Jones IndyCar / Indy500 21
=47th James Kaye 24 Hour Endurance Series (TCR) 21
=47th George Russell F3 / GP3 21
50th Ben Hanley ELMS 16
=51st Oliver Webb 24 Hour Endurance Series (SPX) / WEC 15
=51st Josh Webster 24 Hour Endurance Series (A6-Am)/ Porsche Super Cup 15
=53rd Adam Christodoulou IMSA.SC (GTD) / Nurburgring 24 Hours 14
=53rd Jonny Cocker ELMS (LMGTE) 14
=53rd Jody Fannin ELMS (LMGTE) 14
=53rd Andrew Howard ELMS (LMGTE) 14
=53rd Katherine Legge IMSA.SC (GTD) 14
=53rd Richard Lyons SuperGT (GT300) 14
=53rd John Martin Intercontinental GT Challenge (AAM) 14
=53rd Alex Yoong AsianLMS (GT3Cup) 14
=61st Richard Bradley ELMS / Le Mans 24 Hour 12
=61st Max Chilton Indy500 12
=61st Phil Keen International GT Open 12
=61st Andy Meyrick ACO Michelin Le Mans Cup 12
=61st Guy Smith Intercontinental GT Challenge 12
=66th Duncan Cameron Le Mans 24 Hour (GTEAm) 10
=66th Stuart Hall 24 Hour Endurance Series (A6-Am) 10
=66th Aaron Scott Le Mans 24 Hour (GTEAm) 10
=69th Mitch Evans Formula E 9
=69th Joe Osborne 24 Hour Endurance Series 9
=71st Tom Kimber-Smith IMSA.SC 7
=71st Robin Liddell IMSA Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge 7
=73rd Daniel Lloyd TCR 5
=73rd Jann Mardenborough Super Formula 5
=73rd Tom Oliphant Porsche Super Cup 5

Silver Star standings 2017

(As at 19 June 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 Matt Neal BTCC 99
6th Andrew Jordan BTCC 90
=7th Phil Keen British GT 86
=7th Jon Minshaw British GT 86
9th Dino Zamparelli Porsche Carrera Cup 77
10th Rick Parfitt British GT 72
11th Adam Morgan BTCC 62
=12th Jonny Adam British GT 60
=12th Rob Austin BTCC 60
=12th Mat Jackson BTCC 60
=12th Derek Johnston British GT 60
=12th Tom Oliphant Porsche Carrera Cup 60
=17th Liam Griffin British GT 59
=17th Sam Tordoff British GT 59
19th Jack Goff BTCC 55
20th Duncan Cameron British GT 53
21st Jon Barnes British GT 41
=22nd Tom Chilton BTCC 19
=22nd Jason Plato BTCC 19
24th Martin Short British GT 16
=25th Adam Christodoulou British GT 8
=25th Callum Macleod British GT 8
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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