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Gold & Silver Stars

Gold Star standings 2017

(As at 25 April 2017)

1st Lewis Hamilton MBE F1 123
2nd James Calado WEC (GTEPro) / IMSA.SC (GTLM) / Blancpain Endurance Series 77
3rd Brendon Hartley WEC / 24 Hour Endurance Series 70
=4th Sam Bird Formula E / WEC (GTEPro) 58
=4th Andy Priaulx MBE WEC (GTEPro) 58
=4th Harry Tincknell WEC (GTEPro) 58
7th Jake Dennis GP3 / F3 55
8th Oliver Jarvis WEC / Intercontinental GT Challenge / WEC (LMP2) 54
=9th Nick Cassidy SuperGT 42
=9th Anthony Davidson WEC 42
=9th Alex Lynn GP2 / IMSA.SC 42
12th Steven Kane Intercontinental GT Challenge / Blancpain Sprint Series 37
13th Mike Conway WEC / IMSA.SC 35
=14th Daniel Ricciardo F1 33
=14th Lando Norris F3 33
=14th Mark Webber WEC 33
17th Will Palmer Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup 30
=18th Alex Brundle WEC (LMP2) 28
=18th Nick Tandy Intercontinental GT Challenge / WEC 28
=20th Ryan Briscoe IMSA.SC (GTLM) 25
=20th Ryan Dalziel IMSA.SC 25
=20th Richard Westbrook IMSA.SC (GTLM) 25
=23rd Tom Chilton WTCC 23
=23rd James Nash TCR 23
=25th Jonny Adam WEC (GTEPro) / Blancpain Endurance Series (ProAm) 21
=25th Oliver Gavin IMSA.SC (GTLM) 21
27th Oliver Rowland F2 19
28th Jordan King F2 16
29th Tom Blomqvist WEC (LMP2) / Blancpain Sprint Series 15
=30th Euan Hankey ELMS (LMGTE) 14
=30th James Kaye 24 Hour Endurance Series (TCR) 14
=30th Richard Lyons SuperGT (GT300) 14
=30th John Martin Intercontinental GT Challenge (AAM) 14
=30th Alexander Sims IMSA.SC (GTLM) 14
=30th Will Stevens WEC (LMP2) 14
=30th Darren Turner WEC (GTEPro) / ELMS (LMGTE) 14
=30th James Winslow AsianLMS (LMP3) 14
=30th Alex Yoong AsianLMS (GT3Cup) 14
=39th Shaun Balfe International GT Open 12
=39th Rob Huff WTCC 12
=39th Phil Keen International GT Open 12
=39th Michael Meadows Blancpain Sprint Series 12
=39th Guy Smith Intercontinental GT Challenge 12
=44th Stuart Hall 24 Hour Endurance Series (A6-Am) 10
=44th Oliver Webb 24 Hour Endurance Series (SPX) 10
=44th Josh Webster 24 Hour Endurance Series (A6-Am) 10
=47th Richard Bradley ELMS 9
=47th Mitch Evans Formula E 9
=47th Tom Onslow-Cole 24 Hour Endurance Series 9
=47th Joe Osborne 24 Hour Endurance Series 9
=51st Rob Bell Intercontinental GT Challenge 7
=51st Adam Christodoulou IMSA.SC (GTD) 7
=51st Andrew Howard ELMS (GTEPro) 7
=51st Tom Kimber-Smith IMSA.SC 7
=51st George Russell F3 7
=51st Duncan Tappy International GT Open 7
=57th Alexander Albon F2 5
=57th Ed Jones IndyCar 5
=57th Richie Stanaway WEC (GTEPro) 5

Silver Star standings 2017

(As at 18 April 2017)

1st Dan Cammish Porsche Carrera Cup 65
2nd Colin Turkington BTCC 55
3rd Gordon Shedden BTCC 49
4th Adam Morgan BTCC 48
5th Rob Collard BTCC 46
=6th Phil Keen British GT 40
=6th Jon Minshaw British GT 40
=8th Andrew Jordan BTCC 32
=8th Dino Zamparelli Porsche Carrera Cup 32
10th Tom Oliphant Porsche Carrera Cup 30
11th Matt Neal BTCC 29
=12th Jonny Adam British GT 27
=12th Derek Johnston British GT 27
14th Jack Goff BTCC 21
=15th Rob Austin BTCC 20
=15th Jon Barnes British GT 20
17th Rick Parfitt British GT 18
18th Tom Chilton BTCC 17
19th Duncan Cameron British GT 16
=20th Liam Griffin British GT 15
=20th Sam Tordoff British GT 15
22nd Mat Jackson BTCC 11
23rd Callum Macleod British GT 4
=24th Martin Short British GT 2
=24th Jeff Smith BTCC 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 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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