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Gold & Silver Stars

Gold Star standings 2017

(As at 30 October 2017)

POSITION DRIVER CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS
1st Lewis Hamilton MBE F1 410
2nd Lando Norris F3 367
3rd Will Palmer Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup 238
3rd Daniel Ricciardo F1 214
5th Brendon Hartley WEC / 24 Hour Endurance Series / Le Mans 24 Hour / IMSA.SC 202
6th Nick Yelloly Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland / Porsche Supercup 180
7th Sam Bird Formula E / WEC (GTEPro) / Le Mans 24 Hour (GTEPro) 177
8th Oliver Rowland F2 166
9th George Russell F3 / GP3 162
=10th James Calado WEC (GTEPro) / IMSA.SC (GTLM) / Blancpain Endurance Series 161
=10th Rob Huff WTCC / TCR 161
12th Ryan Dalziel IMSA.SC / Pirelli World Challenge 149
13th Tom Chilton WTCC 139
14th Alexander Sims IMSA.SC (GTLM) / Nurburgring 24 Hours 128
=15th Will Stevens WEC (LMP2) / Blancpain Sprint Series / Le Mans 24 Hour (GTEAm) / ELMS (LMGTE) 121
=15th Richard Westbrook IMSA.SC (GTLM) / Nurburgring 24 Hours / Le Mans 24 Hour (GTEPro) 121
17th Jack Aitken GP3 118
18th Jamie Green DTM / ADAC GT Championship 117
19th Mike Conway WEC / IMSA.SC 113
=20th Nick Cassidy Super GT / Super Formula 109
=20th Jake Dennis GP3 / F3 / Blancpain Endurance Series / Blancpain Sprint Series / Intercontinental GT Challenge 109
=22nd Oliver Jarvis WEC / Intercontinental GT Challenge / WEC (LMP2) / Le Mans 24 Hour 108
=22nd Michael Meadows Blancpain Sprint Series / Blancpain Endurance Series / International GT Open (ProAm) 108
=24th Ryan Briscoe IMSA.SC (GTLM) / Le Mans 24 Hour (GTEPro) 105
=24th Anthony Davidson WEC 105
26th Nick Tandy Intercontinental GT Challenge / WEC / IMSA.SC (GTLM) 102
=27th Andy Priaulx MBE WEC (GTEPro) / Le Mans 24 Hour (GTEPro) 97
=27th Harry Tincknell WEC (GTEPro) / Le Mans 24 Hour (GTEPro) 97
29th Jonny Adam WEC (GTEPro) / Blancpain Endurance Series (ProAm) / Le Mans 24 Hour (GTEPro) 94
30th Shaun Balfe International GT Open / International GT Open (ProAm) 84
31st Darren Turner WEC (GTEPro) / ELMS (LMGTE) / Nurburgring 24 Hours (SP8) / Le Mans 24 Hours (GTEPro) 81
32nd Rob Bell International GT Open / International GT Open (Pro Am) 79
33rd Dan Cammish Porsche Supercup 76
34th Robin Liddell IMSA Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge 74
=35th Richard Bradley ELMS / Le Mans 24 Hour 68
=35th Paul Di Resta DTM 68
37th Tom Onslow-Cole 24 Hour Endurance Series / International GT Open (ProAm) / VLN (CUP4) 66
38th James Nash TCR 63
39th Euan Hankey ELMS (LMGTE) / Blancpain Endurance Series (ProAm) 62
40th Duncan Tappy International GT Open / ACO Michelin Le Mans Cup / International GT Open (ProAm) 61
41st Alex Lynn GP2 / IMSA.SC / WEC (LMP2) 56
42nd Andy Meyrick ACO Michelin Le Mans Cup 54
43rd Gary Paffett DTM 53
44th Oliver Gavin IMSA.SC (GTLM) / Le Mans 24 Hour (GTEPro) 52
45th Jody Fannin ELMS (LMGTE) 51
46th Alexander Albon F2 49
47th Katherine Legge IMSA.SC (GTD) 48
=48th Alex Brundle WEC (LMP2) / Le Mans 24 Hour 44
=48th Steven Kane Intercontinental GT Challenge / Blancpain Sprint Series 44
=50th Duncan Cameron Le Mans 24 Hour (GTEAm) / ELMS (LMGTE) 38
=50th Jordan King F2 38
=50th Aaron Scott Le Mans 24 Hour (GTEAm) / ELMS (LMGTE) 38
53rd James Winslow Asian LMS (LMP3) / ACO Michelin Le Mans Cup 37
54th Josh Webster 24 Hour Endurance Series (A6-Am)/ Porsche Super Cup 36
55th Ben Barnicoat Pirelli World Challenge / Intercontinential GT Challenge 35
56th Mark Webber WEC 33
=57th Adam Christodoulou IMSA.SC (GTD) / Nurburgring 24 Hours / VLN / Blancpain Endurance Series 31
=57th Jonny Cocker ELMS (LMGTE) 31
=59th Craig Dolby International GT Open 30
=59th Ben Hanley ELMS / WEC (LMP2) 30
=59th Dan Lloyd TCR 30
62nd Tom Blomqvist WEC (LMP2) / Blancpain Sprint Series / Nurburgring 24 Hours / DTM 29
63rd Phil Keen International GT Open / ACO Michelin Le Mans Cup (GT3) 22
=64th Ben Barker WEC (GTEAm) / ACO Michelin Le Mans Cup (GT3) 21
=64th Andrew Howard ELMS (LMGTE) 21
=64th Ed Jones IndyCar / Indy500 21
=64th James Kaye 24 Hour Endurance Series (TCR) 21
68th Stuart Hall 24 Hour Endurance Series (A6-Am) 20
69th Lance Stroll Formula 1 18
70th Matt Bell ACO Michelin Le Mans Cup 17

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Alex MacDowall ADAC GT Masters 16
=71st Joe Osborne 24 Hour Endurance Series / ACO Michelin Le Mans Cup (GT3) 16
73rd Oliver Webb 24 Hour Endurance Series (SPX) / WEC 15
=74th Richard Lyons SuperGT (GT300) 14
=74th John Martin Intercontinental GT Challenge (AAM) 14
=74th Alex Yoong AsianLMS (GT3Cup) 14
=77th Max Chilton Indy500 12
=77th Jann Mardenborough Super Formula / SuperGT 12
=77th Guy Smith Intercontinental GT Challenge 12
=77th Tim Sugden Blancpain GT Series Asia 12
81st Bradley Ellis International GT Open (Pro Am) 10
82nd Mitch Evans Formula E 9
=83rd Mike Simpson 24 Hour Endurance Series 8
=83rd Steve Tandy 24 Hour Endurance Series 8
=84th Alex Buncombe Blancpain Endurance Series 7
=84th Tom Kimber-Smith IMSA.SC 7
=84th Jolyon Palmer F1 7
=87th Tom Oliphant Porsche Super Cup 5
=87th Oliver Turvey Formula E 5
       
       

Silver Star standings 2017

(As at 1 October 2017)

       
POSITION DRIVER CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS
1st Dan Cammish Porsche Carrera Cup 200
2nd Dino Zamparelli Porsche Carrera Cup 189 (205)*
3rd Colin Turkington BTCC 185 (267)*
4th Gordon Shedden BTCC 173 (217)*
5th Matt Neal BTCC 151 (163)*
6th Rob Collard BTCC 148 (177)*
7th Jack Goff BTCC 147 (166)*
8th Andrew Jordan BTCC 126 (133)*
=9th Phil Keen British GT 116
=9th Jon Minshaw British GT 116
=9th Rick Parfitt British GT 116
12th Tom Oliphant Porsche Carrera Cup 114 (130)*
13th Mat Jackson BTCC 113 (128)*
=14th Jonny Adam British GT 98
=14th Derek Johnston British GT 98
16th Rob Austin BTCC 96 (102)*
17th Jason Plato BTCC 91
18th Adam Morgan BTCC 89 (91)*
=19th Liam Griffin British GT 87
=19th Sam Tordoff British GT 87
21st Jon Barnes British GT 84
22nd Duncan Cameron British GT 57
23rd Callum Macleod British GT 47
24th Tom Chilton BTCC 33
=25th Adam Christodoulou British GT 18
=25th Rob Huff BTCC 18
27th Martin Short British GT 16
28th Mark Farmer British GT 15
29th Rory Butcher BTCC 4
30th Jeff Smith BTCC 3
31st Mike Simpson British GT 1
     
       
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AWARDS OF MERIT
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:

CLUB AWARD OF MERIT

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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