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Gold Star standings 2016

(As at 31 October 2016)

1st Lewis Hamilton MBE F1 420
2nd Daniel Ricciardo F1 272
3rd Jann Mardenborough F3 / SuperGT (GT300) 246
4th Nick Cassidy F3 / SuperGT (GT300) 226
5th George Russell F3 201
6th Ed Jones Indy Lights 178
7th Euan Hankey GT3 Le Mans Cup / International GT Open 152
8th Rob Huff WTCC 140
9th Dean Stoneman Indy Lights 138
10th Mike Conway WEC / Le Mans 24 Hour / ELMS 127
=11th Sam Bird WEC (LMP2) / Formula E / WEC (GTEPro) 121
=11th Jordan King GP2 121
13th Mitch Evans GP2 / ELMS 117
14th Alex Lynn GP2 113
15th Alexander Sims F3 / Blancpain Sprint Series / Blancpain Endurance Series / Nurburgring 24 Hours / VLN 111
16th Brendon Hartley WEC / IMSA Sports Car Championship 110
=17th Jamie Green DTM 109
=17th Tom Kimber-Smith IMSA Sports Car Championship (PC) 109
19th Shaun Balfe International GT Open 108
20th Jake Dennis GP3 105
21st Mark Webber WEC 103
=22nd Rob Bell Blancpain Sprint Series / Blancpain Endurance Series 102
=22nd Tom Chilton WTCC 102
24th Phil Keen International GT Open / Blancpain Endurance Series (ProAm) 101
25th Oliver Jarvis WEC / Le Mans 24 Hour 99
26th Harry Tincknell ELMS / WEC (LMGTEPro) 98
=27th Tom Blomqvist DTM / VLN 95
=27th Oliver Rowland GP2 95
29th Will Stevens Blancpain Endurance Series / Le Mans 24 Hour (LMP2) / Blancpain Sprint Series / WEC (LMP2) 92
30th Oliver Gavin IMSA Sports Car Championship (GTLM)/ Blancpain Endurance Series (Pro-Am) 90
31st Ryan Dalziel IMSA Sports Car Championship / WEC (LMP2) 88
=32nd Paul Di Resta DTM 84
=32nd Simon Dolan ELMS 84
=34th Alex Brundle ELMS (LMP3) / WEC (LMP2) 80
=34th Matt Parry GP3 80
=36th Ryan Briscoe IMSA Sports Car Championship (GTLM) / Le Mans 24 Hour (GTEPro) 75
=36th Richard Westbrook IMSA Sports Car Championship (GTLM) / Le Mans 24 Hour (GTEPro) 75
38th Darren Turner WEC (GTEPro) / ELMS (LMGTE) / VLN 72
39th Adam Christodoulou 24 Endurance Series / VLN / Nurburgring 24 Hours 70
=40th James Calado WEC (GTEPro) / IMSA Sports Car Championship (GTLM) 65
=40th Nick Yelloly Porsche Carrera Cup Germany/ Porsche Super Cup 65
=42nd Ben Hanley ELMS 61
=42nd Duncan Tappy International GT Open 61
44th Jazeman Jaafar Blancpain Endurance Series / Blancpain Sprint Series 60
45th Rory Butcher 24 Hour Endurance Series (SP3) / ELMS (LMGTE) 59
46th Gary Paffett DTM / Blancpain Endurance Series 58
47th Ben Barker Porsche Supercup / GT3 Le Mans Cup 50
48th Will Palmer Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 48
=49th Emil Bernstorff GP3 46
=49th Nick Tandy WEC (LMP2) / IMSA Sports Car Championship (LM.GTLM) 46
=49th Josh Webster International GT Open / Porsche Super Cup 46
=52nd Matt Bell Intercontinental GT Cup / ELMS (LMP3) 39
=52nd Tom Onslow-Cole 24 Hour Endurance Series 39
=52nd Joe Osborne 24 Hour Endurance Series / Blancpain Endurance Series (Pro-Am) / GT3 Le Mans Cup 39
55th Anthony Davidson WEC 37
=56th Andrew Howard ELMS (LMGTE) 35
=56th Alex MacDowall ELMS (LMGTE) 35
58th Richard Bradley WEC (LMP2) / IMSA Sports Car Championship (PC) 34
59th Stuart Hall ELMS (LMGTE) / 24 Hour Endurance Series 32
=60th Andy Priaulx MBE IMSA Sports Car Championship / WEC (GTEPro) 31
=60th Adrian Quaife Hobbs GT3 Le Mans Cup 31
62nd Jonathan Adam WEC (GTEPro) / IMSA Sports Car Championship / Blancpain Endurance Series (ProAm) 29
=63rd Alex Buncombe Blancpain Endurance Series 28
=63rd Richie Stanaway ELMS (LMGTE) / WEC (GTEPro) 28
65th Duncan Cameron Blancpain Endurance Series (ProAm) / ELMS (GTEPro) 24
66th Johnny Mowlem IMSA Sports Car Championship (PC) / GT3 Le Mans Cup 23.5
=67th Adam Carroll International GT Open 21
=67th Craig Dolby International GT Open 21
=67th Peter Dumbreck VLN 21
=67th Michael Meadows 24 Hour Endurance Series 21
=67th Oli Webb 24 Hour Endurance Series / WEC 21
72nd Robin Liddell IMSA Sports Car Championship (GTD) 20
=73rd Matt Howson WEC (LMP2) 17
=73rd Steven Kane Intercontinental GT Cup/VLN 17
=75th Daniel Brown 24 Hour Endurance Series 16
=75th Jamie Campbell-Walter 24 Hour Endurance Series 16
77th Aaron Scott ELMS (LMGTE) 14
78th Guy Smith Intercontinental GT Cup 12
=79th Jenson Button MBE F1 10
=79th Marino Franchitti WEC (GTEPro) 10
=79th David Jones 24 Hour Endurance Series (A6Am) 10
=79th Godfrey Jones 24 Hour Endurance Series (A6Am) 10
=79th Richard Lyons SuperGT (GT300) 10
84th Alex Davison Intercontinental GT Cup 9
=85th Katherine Legge IMSA Sports Car Championship 7
=85th Michael Lyons ELMS 7
=85th Jon Minshaw Blancpain Endurance Series (Pro-Am) 7
=88th Jonny Kane Le Mans 24 Hour 5
=88th James Thompson WTCC 5
=88th Danny Watts Le Mans 24 Hour 5
=88th James Winslow ELMS 5

Silver Star standings 2016

(As at 2 October 2016)

1st Colin Turkington BTCC 186 (222)*
2nd Gordon Shedden BTCC 184 (231)*
3rd Mat Jackson BTCC 183 (215)*
4th Dino Zamparelli Porsche Carrera Cup 176 (202)*
5th Sam Tordoff BTCC 166 (204)*
6th Jason Plato BTCC 157 (183)*
7th Matt Neal BTCC 154 (181)*
8th Rob Collard BTCC 144 (189)*
9th Andrew Jordan BTCC 138 (154)*
10th Adam Morgan BTCC 131 (147)*
11th Stephen Jelley Porsche Carrera Cup 117 (122)*
12th Tom Sharp Porsche Carrera Cup 108 (114)*
=13th Jonathan Adam British GT 102
=13th Derek Johnston British GT 102
=15th Phil Keen British GT 97
=15th Jon Minshaw British GT 97
17th Jack Goff BTCC 93 (96)*
18th Joe Osborne British GT 66
19th Dan Cammish Porsche Carrera Cup 63
20th Rob Austin BTCC 57
21st Rob Bell British GT 56
22nd Adam Carroll British GT 50
23rd Daniel Lloyd BTCC / Porsche Carrera Cup 43
24th Andrew Howard British GT 38
25th Jeff Smith BTCC 19
26th Martin Short British GT 17
=27th Liam Griffin British GT 13
=27th Alexander Sims British GT 13
29th Marco Attard British GT 12
30th Rory Butcher British GT 10
31st Bradley Ellis Porsche Carrera Cup 8
32nd Joey Foster British GT 1
* 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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