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Gold Star standings 2018

(As at 18 June 2018)

1st Lewis Hamilton MBE F1 161
2nd Sam Bird WEC (GTEPro) / Formula E 146
3rd Rob Huff WTCC / WTCR 117
4th Lando Norris F3 / F2 101
5th Daniel Ricciardo F1 94
=6th Mike Conway WEC / IMSA Sports Car Championship 83
=6th George Russell GP3 / F2 83
=6th Nick Tandy WEC / IMSA SportsCar Championship (GTLM) / VLN / Nurburgring 24 Hours 83
9th Alexander Albon F2 69
=10th Earl Bamber IMSA.SC (GTLM) / Intercontinental GT Challenge / VLN 66
=10th Tom Onslow-Cole International GT Open (ProAm) / Nurburgring 24 Hours (SP7) / 24 Hour Endurance Series 66
12th Stuart Leonard Intercontinental GT Challenge / Blancpain Sprint Series 65
13th Gary Paffett DTM 59
14th Paul Di Resta IMSA Sports Car Championship / DTM 58
15th Adam Christodoulou VLN / Nurburgring 24 Hours / Blancpain Endurance Series 57
=16th Nick Cassidy Super GT / SuperFormula 56
=16th Dan Ticktum F3 56
=18th Ryan Briscoe IMSA SportsCar Championship (GTLM) 53
=18th Richard Westbrook IMSA SportsCar Championship (GTLM) 53
20th Gordon Shedden TCR International / WTCR 44
=21st Jack Aitken F2 42
=21st James Calado WEC (GTEPro) / IMSA SportsCar Championship (GTLM) 42
=21st Anthony Davidson WEC 42


Tom Chilton WTCC 40
25th Harry Tincknell WEC (GTEPro) / IMSA SportsCar Championship (GTLM) 38
=26th Michael Meadows Blancpain Sprint Series 37
=26th Will Stevens Blancpain Sprint Series 37
=28th Duncan Cameron ELMS (LMGTE) / Blancpain Endurance Series (ProAm) 35
=28th Oliver Gavin IMSA SportsCar Championship (GTLM) 35
30th Katharine Legge IMSA SportsCar Championship (GTD) 34
=31st Callum Ilott F3 / GP3 33
=31st Jazeman Jaafar Asian LMS 33
=31st Andy Priaulx MBE WEC (GTEPro) 33
=34th Jenson Button MBE Super  GT 32
=34th Brendon Hartley WEC 32
=34th Alexander Sims IMSA SportsCar Championship (GTLM) 32
=37th Oliver Jarvis WEC (LMP2) / IMSA SportsCar Championship 31
=37th Mike Simpson Intercontinental GT Challenge (GT4)/ 24 Hour Endurance Series 31
=37th Mitch Evans Formula E 31
40th Ed Jones Indy Car Series 29
=41st Chris Goodwin Blancpain Endurance Series (Am) 28
=41st Oliver Turvey Formula E 28
=41st Nick Yelloly Porsche Super Cup 28
44th Duncan Tappy Michelin Le Mans Cup 26
45th Euan Hankey WEC (GTEAm) / Blancpain Endurance Series (ProAm) 24
=46th Stuart Hall 24 Hour Endurance Series 23
=46th Alasdair McCaig Michelin Le Mans Cup 23
=48th Bob Berridge 24 Hour Endurance Series 21
=48th Alex Brundle IMSA SportsCar Championship / Blancpain Endurance Series 21
=48th Jake Dennis Blancpain Endurance Series 21
=48th Bradley Ellis International GT Open (ProAm) 21
=48th Steve Tandy 24 Hour Endurance Series 21
=48th Darren Turner WEC (GT Pro) / Nurburgring 24 Hours 21
54th Seb Morris Blancpain Endurance Series (ProAm) 20
=55th Charlie Eastwood VLN (V5) / WEC (GTAm) 17
=55th Nick Leventis Intercontinental GT Challenge (ProAm) / Blancpain Endurance Series (ProAm) 17
=55th James Thompson WTCR 17
=55th Lewis Williamson Intercontinental GT Challenge (ProAm) / Blancpain Endurance Series (ProAm) 17
=59th Dan Brown 24 Hour Endurance Series 16
=59th Steven Kane Blancpain Endurance Series 16
=59th Oli Webb 24 Hour Endurance Series (SPX) / WEC 16
=62nd Liam Griffin ELMS (LMGTE) 14
=62nd Alex MacDowall ELMS (LMGTE) 14
=62nd Jann Mardenborough Super GT 14
=62nd Phil Quaife 24 Hour Endurance Series (991-AM) 14
=62nd Aaron Scott ELMS (LMGTE) 14
=67th Ben Barnicoat Blancpain Endurance Series 12
=67th Jake Hughes GP3 12
=69th Alex Davison Intercontinental GT Challenge (ProAm) 10
=69th James Winslow AsianLMS (LMP3) 10
=71st Ben Hanley ELMS 9
=71st Phil Keen 24 Hour Endurance Series 9
=71st James Nash TCR International 9
=74th Matt Bell ELMS (LMP3) 7
=74th Alex Buncombe Blancpain Endurance Series 7
=74th Jamie Campbell-Walter 24 Hour Endurance Series 7
=74th Matt Parry Blancpain Endurance Series 7
=74th Julian Westwood 24 Hour Endurance Series (991-AM) 7
=79th Jonny Adam WEC (GTEPro)  5
=79th Jamie Green DTM 5
=79th Alex Lynn Formula E 5
82nd Lance Stroll F1 3

Silver Star standings 2018

(As at 25 June 2018)

1st Colin Turkington BTCC 122
2nd Dino Zamparelli Porsche Carrera Cup 95
3rd Andrew Jordan BTCC 86
=4th Matt Neal BTCC 84
=4th Lewis Plato Porsche Carrera Cup 84
6th Adam Morgan BTCC 81
=7th Phil Keen British GT 71
=7th Jon Minshaw British GT 71
9th Jack Goff BTCC 70
=10th Mark Farmer British GT 67
=10th Ash Sutton BTCC 67
=12th Tom Chilton BTCC 63
=12th Sam Tordoff BTCC 63
14th Derek Johnston British GT 57
15th Jonny Adam British GT 54
=16th Andrew Howard British GT 50
=16th Darren Turner British GT 50
18th Rob Collard BTCC 45
19th Dan Cammish BTCC 41
20th Aiden Moffat BTCC 32
21st Callum MacLeod British GT 30
22nd Daniel Lloyd BTCC 25
=23rd Rob Austin BTCC 23
=23rd Jonny Cocker British GT 23
25th Jason Plato BTCC 15
=26th Will Bratt Porsche Carrera Cup 13
=26th Rick Parfitt Jnr British GT 13
28th Rory Butcher BTCC 10
=29th Shaun Balfe British GT 6
=29th Rob Bell British GT 6
=29th Seb Morris British GT 6
32nd Tom Oliphant BTCC 2
33rd James Kaye Porsche Carrera Cup 1






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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