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Gold & Silver Stars

   

Gold Star standings 2018

(As at 13 August 2018)

POSITION DRIVER CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS
1st Lewis Hamilton MBE F1 263
2nd George Russell GP3 / F2 173
3rd Lando Norris F3 / F2 161
4th Sam Bird WEC (GTEPro) / Formula E 146
5th Gary Paffett DTM 133
6th Alexander Albon F2 132
7th Paul Di Resta IMSA Sports Car Championship / DTM 130
8th Daniel Ricciardo F1 127
9th Dan Ticktum F3 126
10th Callum Ilott F3 / GP3 120
11th Nick Tandy WEC / IMSA SportsCar Championship (GTLM) / VLN / Nurburgring 24 Hours 118
12th Rob Huff WTCC / WTCR 117
=13th Ryan Briscoe IMSA Sports Car Championship (GTLM) 105
=13th Richard Westbrook IMSA Sports Car Championship (GTLM) 105
15th Earl Bamber IMSA Sports Car Championship (GTLM) / Intercontinental GT Challenge / VLN 92
16th Nick Cassidy Super GT / SuperFormula 93
17th Mike Conway WEC / IMSA Sports Car Championship 83
18th Tom Onslow-Cole International GT Open (ProAm) / Nurburgring 24 Hours (SP7) / 24 Hour Endurance Series 82
19th Oliver Gavin IMSA Sports Car Championship (GTLM) 79
20th Adam Christodoulou VLN / Nurburgring 24 Hours / Blancpain Endurance Series / 24 Hour Endurance Series (A6-Am) 71
=21st Stuart Leonard Intercontinental GT Challenge / Blancpain Sprint Series 70
=21st Nick Yelloly Porsche Carrera Cup 70
=23rd Michael Meadows Blancpain Sprint Series 53
=23rd Alexander Sims IMSA Sports Car Championship (GTLM) / Blancpain Endurance Series 53
=23rd Will Stevens Blancpain Sprint Series 53
26th Jack Aitken F2 51
27th Gordon Shedden TCR International / WTCR 49
28th Duncan Cameron ELMS (LMGTE) / Blancpain Endurance Series (ProAm) 45
29th Katharine Legge IMSA Sports Car Championship (GTD) 44
=30th James Calado WEC (GTEPro) / IMSA SportsCar Championship (GTLM) 42
=30th Anthony Davidson WEC 42
=32nd Tom Chilton WTCC 40
=32nd Jake Hughes GP3 40
=34th Jenson Button MBE Super GT 39
=34th Alasdair McCaig Michelin Le Mans Cup 39
36th Harry Tincknell WEC (GTEPro) / IMSA SportsCar Championship (GTLM) 38
=37th Mitch Evans Formula E 36
=37th Oliver Jarvis WEC (LMP2) / IMSA SportsCar Championship 36
=39th Jazeman Jaafar Asian LMS 33
=39th Andy Priaulx MBE WEC (GTEPro) 33
41st Brendon Hartley WEC 32
=42nd Mike Simpson Intercontinental GT Challenge (GT4)/ 24 Hour Endurance Series 31
=42nd Duncan Tappy Michelin Le Mans Cup 31
44th Ed Jones Indy Car Series 29
=45th Chris Goodwin Blancpain Endurance Series (Am) 28
=45th Oliver Turvey Formula E 28
=47th Nick Leventis Intercontinental GT Challenge (ProAm) / Blancpain Endurance Series (ProAm) 27
=47th Lewis Williamson Intercontinental GT Challenge (ProAm) / Blancpain Endurance Series (ProAm) 27
=49th Euan Hankey WEC (GTEAm) / Blancpain Endurance Series (ProAm) 24
=49th Aaron Scott ELMS (LMGTE) 24
51st Stuart Hall 24 Hour Endurance Series 23
=52nd Bob Berridge 24 Hour Endurance Series 21
=52nd Tom Blomqvist Blancpain Endurance Series 21
=52nd Alex Brundle IMSA SportsCar Championship / Blancpain Endurance Series 21
=52nd Jake Dennis Blancpain Endurance Series 21
=52nd Bradley Ellis International GT Open (ProAm) 21
=52nd Steve Tandy 24 Hour Endurance Series 21
=52nd Darren Turner WEC (GT Pro) / Nurburgring 24 Hours 21
59th Seb Morris Blancpain Endurance Series (ProAm) 20
60th Jann Mardenborough SuperGT 19
=61st Charlie Eastwood VLN (V5) / WEC (GTAm) 17
=61st James Thompson WTCR 17
=63rd Dan Brown 24 Hour Endurance Series 16
=63rd Ben Hanley ELMS 16
=63rd Steven Kane Blancpain Endurance Series 16
=63rd Oli Webb 24 Hour Endurance Series (SPX) / WEC 16
=67th Liam Griffin ELMS (LMGTE) 14
=67th Alex MacDowall ELMS (LMGTE) 14
=67th Phil Quaife 24 Hour Endurance Series (991-AM) 14
70th Ben Barnicoat Blancpain Endurance Series 12
=71st Alex Davison Intercontinental GT Challenge (ProAm) 10
=71st James Winslow AsianLMS (LMP3) 10
=73rd Phil Keen 24 Hour Endurance Series 9
=73rd James Nash TCR International 9
=75th Matt Bell ELMS (LMP3) 7
=75th Alex Buncombe Blancpain Endurance Series 7
=75th Jamie Campbell-Walter 24 Hour Endurance Series 7
=75th Matt Parry Blancpain Endurance Series 7
=75th Julian Westwood 24 Hour Endurance Series (991-AM) 7
=80th Hunter Abbott VLN 5
=80th Jonny Adam WEC (GTEPro)  5
=80th Jamie Green DTM 5
=80th Alex Lynn Formula E 5
84th Lance Stroll F1 3
       

Silver Star standings 2018

(As at 13 August 2018)

       
POSITION DRIVER CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS
1st Colin Turkington BTCC 142 (155)
2nd Ash Sutton BTCC 137
3rd Dino Zamparelli Porsche Carrera Cup 127
4th Adam Morgan BTCC 120
5th Lewis Plato Porsche Carrera Cup 109
6th Jack Goff BTCC 105
7th Matt Neal BTCC 104
8th Andrew Jordan BTCC 95 (98)
9th Sam Tordoff BTCC 87
10th Jonny Adam British GT 86
11th Tom Chilton BTCC 83 (84)
=12th Mark Farmer British GT 79
=12th Phil Keen British GT 79
=12th Jon Minshaw British GT 79
15th Dan Cammish BTCC 72
16th Derek Johnston British GT 67
=17th Andrew Howard British GT 60
=17th Darren Turner British GT 60
19th Rob Collard BTCC 45
=20th Jonny Cocker British GT 41
=20th Callum MacLeod British GT 41
22nd Aiden Moffat BTCC 35
=23rd Daniel Lloyd BTCC 29
=23rd Josh Cook BTCC 29
25th Rick Parfitt Jnr British GT 28
26th Rob Austin BTCC 23
27th Rory Butcher BTCC 23
28th Jason Plato BTCC 15
29th Will Bratt Porsche Carrera Cup 13
30th Tom Oliphant BTCC 8
=31st Shaun Balfe British GT 6
=31st Rob Bell British GT 6
=31st Seb Morris British GT 6
34th Tom Onslow-Cole British GT 2
=35th James Kaye PCC 1
=35th Martin Plowman British GT 1

Brackets are used to denote the driver's total accrual of points when they are counting their best 12 race results.

     
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
 
       
       
       
       
       
       

 

     
       
       
       
       

 

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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