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Gold Star standings 2017

(As at 14 August 2017)

1st Lewis Hamilton MBE F1 254
2nd Lando Norris F3 205
3rd Will Palmer Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup 166
4th Sam Bird Formula E / WEC (GTEPro) / Le Mans 24 Hour (GTEPro) 146
5th Oliver Rowland F2 138
6th Daniel Ricciardo F1 133
7th Brendon Hartley WEC / 24 Hour Endurance Series / Le Mans 24 Hour 130
8th Rob Huff WTCC / TCR 121
9th James Calado WEC (GTEPro) / IMSA.SC (GTLM) / Blancpain Endurance Series 114
10th Tom Chilton WTCC 111
11th Oliver Jarvis WEC / Intercontinental GT Challenge / WEC (LMP2) / Le Mans 24 Hour 101
=12th Alexander Sims IMSA.SC (GTLM) / Nurburgring 24 Hours 98
=12th Richard Westbrook IMSA.SC (GTLM) / Nurburgring 24 Hours / Le Mans 24 Hour (GTEPro) 98
14th Nick Yelloly Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland 93
15th Ryan Dalziel IMSA.SC / Pirelli World Challenge 92
=16th Andy Priaulx MBE WEC (GTEPro) / Le Mans 24 Hour (GTEPro) 88
=16th Harry Tincknell WEC (GTEPro) / Le Mans 24 Hour (GTEPro) 88
18th Ryan Briscoe IMSA.SC (GTLM) / Le Mans 24 Hour (GTEPro) 82
19th Jonny Adam WEC (GTEPro) / Blancpain Endurance Series (ProAm) / Le Mans 24 Hour (GTEPro) 78
20th George Russell F3 / GP3 77
21st Nick Cassidy SuperGT / Super Formula 76
=22nd Michael Meadows Blancpain Sprint Series / Blancpain Endurance Series / International GT Open (ProAm) 73
=22nd Will Stevens WEC (LMP2) / Blancpain Sprint Series / Le Mans 24 Hour (GTEAm) 73
24th Anthony Davidson WEC 72
25th Jack Aitken GP3 69
26th Mike Conway WEC / IMSA.SC 63
27th Darren Turner WEC (GTEPro) / ELMS (LMGTE) / Nurburgring 24 Hours (SP8) / Le Mans 24 Hours (GTEPro) 62
28th Jake Dennis GP3 / F3 / Blancpain Endurance Series 60
=29th Dan Cammish Porsche Super Cup 58
=29th Robin Liddell IMSA Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge 58
=31st Jamie Green DTM 56
=31st Alex Lynn GP2 / IMSA.SC / WEC (LMP2) 56
33rd Nick Tandy Intercontinental GT Challenge / WEC 53
=34th James Nash TCR 51
=34th Duncan Tappy International GT Open / ACO Michelin Le Mans Cup 51
36th Alexander Albon F2 49
=37th Alex Brundle WEC (LMP2) / Le Mans 24 Hour 44
=37th Steven Kane Intercontinental GT Challenge / Blancpain Sprint Series 44
39th Shaun Balfe International GT Open 42
40th Euan Hankey ELMS (LMGTE) / Blancpain Endurance Series (ProAm) 41
=41st Oliver Gavin IMSA.SC (GTLM) / Le Mans 24 Hour (GTEPro) 38
=41st Katherine Legge IMSA.SC (GTD) 38
43rd Rob Bell Intercontinental GT Challenge / International GT Open 37
44th Paul Di Resta DTM 36
45th Tom Onslow-Cole 24 Hour Endurance Series / International GT Open (ProAm) 35
=46th Jordan King F2 33
=46th Mark Webber WEC 33
=48th Dan Lloyd TCR 30
=48th Gary Paffett DTM 30
50th Tom Blomqvist WEC (LMP2) / Blancpain Sprint Series / Nurburgring 24 Hours / DTM 29
51st Josh Webster 24 Hour Endurance Series (A6-Am)/ Porsche Super Cup 27
=52nd Duncan Cameron Le Mans 24 Hour (GTEAm) / ELMS (LMGTE) 24
=52nd Jonny Cocker ELMS (LMGTE) 24
=52nd Jody Fannin ELMS (LMGTE) 24
=52nd Aaron Scott Le Mans 24 Hour (GTEAm) / ELMS (LMGTE) 24
56th James Winslow Asian LMS (LMP3) / ACO Michelin Le Mans Cup 23
=57th Richard Bradley ELMS / Le Mans 24 Hour 21
=57th Ed Jones IndyCar / Indy500 21
=57th James Kaye 24 Hour Endurance Series (TCR) 21
=57th Andy Meyrick ACO Michelin Le Mans Cup 21
=61st Ben Hanley ELMS 16
=61st Alex MacDowall ADAC GT Masters 16
=61st Joe Osborne 24 Hour Endurance Series / ACO Michelin Le Mans Cup (GT3) 16
64th Oliver Webb 24 Hour Endurance Series (SPX) / WEC 15
=65th Ben Barnicoat Pirelli World Challenge 14
=65th Adam Christodoulou IMSA.SC (GTD) / Nurburgring 24 Hours 14
=65th Andrew Howard ELMS (LMGTE) 14
=65th Richard Lyons SuperGT (GT300) 14
=65th John Martin Intercontinental GT Challenge (AAM) 14
=65th Alex Yoong AsianLMS (GT3Cup) 14
=71st Max Chilton Indy500 12
=71st Phil Keen International GT Open 12
=71st Jann Mardenborough Super Formula / SuperGT 12
=71st Guy Smith Intercontinental GT Challenge 12
75th Stuart Hall 24 Hour Endurance Series (A6-Am) 10
76th Mitch Evans Formula E 9
=77th Alex Buncombe Blancpain Endurance Series 7
=77th Tom Kimber-Smith IMSA.SC 7
=79th Tom Oliphant Porsche Super Cup 5
=79th Oliver Turvey Formula E 5

Silver Star standings 2017

(As at 14 August 2017)

1st Colin Turkington BTCC 171 (201)*
2nd Gordon Shedden BTCC 164 (188)*
3rd Rob Collard BTCC 148 (174)*
4th Dan Cammish Porsche Carrera Cup 145
5th Dino Zamparelli Porsche Carrera Cup 142
6th Matt Neal BTCC 117 (118)*
=7th Phil Keen British GT 116
=7th Jon Minshaw British GT 116
9th Andrew Jordan BTCC 106
10th Rick Parfitt British GT 104
11th Tom Oliphant Porsche Carrera Cup 96
12th Mat Jackson BTCC 84
13th Jack Goff BTCC 81
=14th Jonny Adam British GT 78
=14th Derek Johnston British GT 78
=16th Liam Griffin British GT 77
=16th Sam Tordoff British GT 77
18th Jon Barnes British GT 69
19th Jason Plato BTCC 68
20th Adam Morgan BTCC 65
21st Rob Austin BTCC 60
22nd Duncan Cameron British GT 57
23rd Callum Macleod British GT 41
24th Tom Chilton BTCC 21
25th Adam Christodoulou British GT 18
26th Martin Short British GT 16
27th Rory Butcher BTCC 4
28th 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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