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Gold Star standings 2019

(As at 16 June 2019)

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

1st Lewis Hamilton MBE F1 231
=2nd Earl Bamber GTWC / IMSA.SC(GTLM) / Le Mans 24 Hours (GTEPro) 80.5
=2nd Nick Tandy IMSA.SC(GTLM) / VLN / Le Mans 24 Hours (GTEPro) 80.5
=4th Paul Di Resta Asian LMS / ELMS 74
=4th Tom Onslow-Cole International GT Open (ProAm) / Blancpain Endurance Series (ProAm) / Michelin Le Mans Cup (GT3) 74
=6th Michael Benham Michelin Le Mans Cup 67
=6th Duncan Tappy Michelin Le Mans Cup 67
8th Mike Conway WEC / Le Mans 24 Hours 63
9th Enaam Ahmed Japanese F3 52
10th Jack Aitken F2 49
=11th Sam Bird WEC (GTE Pro) / FormulaE 48
=11th Charlie Eastwood 24 Hour Endurance Series (991) / Blancpain Endurance Series (ProAm)/WEC (GTEAm) 48
13th Nick Cassidy SuperGT / SuperFormula 46
14th Chris Goodwin Blancpain Endurance Series (Am) / VLN (SP8) 45
15th Colin Noble Michelin Le Mans Cup 43
=16th Callum Ilott F3 / GP3 / F2 42
=16th Dan Ticktum F3 42
18th Andy Priaulx MBE WEC (GTEPro) / WTCR / Le Mans 24 Hours (GTEPro) 40
19th Alex Lynn WEC (GTEPro) / Blancpain Endurance Series 39
20th Oliver Rowland Formula E 37
=21st Jenson Button MBE Super GT/WEC 36
=21st Adam Christodoulou 24 Hour Endurance Series (A6-Am) / VLN 36
=21st Daniel Ricciardo F1 36
=24th Mitch Evans Formula E 35
=24th Jack Hawksworth IMSA.SC (GTD) / Blancpain Endurance Series 35
=24th Rob Huff WTCR 35
27th Lando Norris F1 / F2 33
=28th Brendon Hartley WEC / IMSA.SC 32
=28th Jake Hughes F3 / GP3 32
=28th Phil Keen 24 Hour Endurance Series / Blancpain Endurance Series 32
=31st Anthony Davidson WEC (LMP2) 31
=31st Harry Tincknell WEC (GTEPro) / IMSA.SC / Le Mans 24 Hours (GTEPro) 31
33rd Richard Westbrook IMSA.SC (GTLM) / Le Mans 24 Hours (GTEPro) 30.5
=34th Jake Dennis IGTC / DTM / Blancpain Endurance Series 30
=34th George Russell F2 30
=36th Ben Hanley WEC/ELMS 26
=36th Jordan King WEC (LMP2) / F2 26
=38th Oliver Jarvis IMSA.SC 25
=38th Alexander Sims Formula E / WEC (GTE Pro) 25
40th Duncan Cameron International GT Open (ProAm) 23
=41st Tom Blomqvist VLN / IMSA.SC (GTLM) 21
=41st Martin Brundle VLN (SP8) 21
=41st Jehan Daruvala F3 21
=41st Steven Kane Blancpain Endurance Series 21
45th Matt Bell AsianLMS (LMP3) / Michelin Le Mans Cup 19
=46th Richard Bradley ELMS 17
=46th Jamie Green DTM 17
=46th James Kaye 24 Hour Endurance Series (TCR) 17
=49th Bradley Ellis International GT Open (ProAm) 14
=49th Will Stevens WEC (LMP2) 14
=49th Darren Turner International GT Open (ProAm) 14
=52nd Alex Brundle ELMS 12
=52nd Jack Harvey Indy Car Series 12
=54th Euan Hankey WEC (GTEAm) 10
=54th Andrew Howard Michelin Le Mans Cup (GT3) 10
=56th Jazeman Jaafar Blancpain World Challenge Asia 9
=56th Alex Mortimer Michel Le Mans Cup 9
=58th Jann Mardenborough SuperGT 7
=58th Matt Neal 24 Hour Endurance Series (A3) 7
=58th Ashley Sutton TCR Europe  7
=58th Chris van der Drift Blancpain World Challenge Asia 7
=58th Lewis Williamson Blancpain Endurance Series 7
=58th Nick Yelloly VLN 7
64th Oliver Gavin IMSA.SC (GTLM) 6
=65th Alex Buncombe Blancpain Endurance Series 5
=65th Tom Gamble Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe 5
=65th Ed Jones Indy Car Series 5
=65th Callum MacLeod Blancpain Endurance Series 5
69th Alex Albon F1 3

Silver Star standings 2019

(As at 16 June 2019)

NB: Silver Star year runs between 7 April and 13 October

1st Colin Turkington BTCC 108
2nd Andrew Jordan BTCC 103
3rd Josh Cook BTCC 90
4th Ashley Sutton BTCC 88
5th Tom Chilton BTCC 76
6th Rory Butcher BTCC 73
7th Matt Neal BTCC 72
=8th Phil Keen British GT 69
=8th Lewis Plato Porsche Carrera Cup GB 69
10th Jonny Cocker British GT 58
11th Dan Cammish BTCC 56
12th Josh Webster Porsche Carrera Cup GB 55
13th Tom Ingram BTCC 53
14th Jason Plato BTCC 52
15th Bradley Ellis British GT 35
16th Tom Oliphant BTCC 30
=17th Mark Farmer British GT 29
=17th Seb Morris British GT 29
=17th Rick Parfitt Jnr British GT 29
20th Jonny Adam British GT 26
=21st Rob Collard BTCC 25
=21st Adam Morgan BTCC 25
=21st Martin Plowman British GT4 25
=24th Adam Christodoulou British GT 24
=24th Callum MacLeod British GT 24
26th Andrew Howard British GT 23
27th Stephen Jelley BTCC 22
=28th Glynn Geddie British GT 21
=28th Sam Tordoff BTCC 21
30th Aiden Moffat BTCC 14
=31st Shaun Balfe British GT 12
=31st Rob Bell British GT 12
=33rd Jack Mitchell British GT 10
=33rd Adam Wilcox British GT 10
35th Tom Gamble British GT 2


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:


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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