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Gold & Silver Stars

   
   
   

Gold Star standings 2019

(As at 19 August 2019)

NB: Gold Star year runs 1 November to 31 October annually

POSITION DRIVER CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS
1st Lewis Hamilton MBE F1 321
2nd Enaam Ahmed Japanese F3 145
3rd Nick Tandy IMSA.SC(GTLM) / VLN / Le Mans 24 Hours (GTEPro) / Blancpain Endurance Series 138.5
4th Earl Bamber GTWC / IMSA.SC(GTLM) / Le Mans 24 Hours (GTEPro) / Nurburgring 24 Hours 134.5
5th Jack Aitken F2 117
6th Nick Cassidy SuperGT / SuperFormula 104
7th Tom Onslow-Cole International GT Open (ProAm) / Blancpain Endurance Series (ProAm) / Michelin Le Mans Cup (GT3) 98
8th Jehan Daruvala F3 95
9th Richard Westbrook IMSA.SC (GTLM) / Le Mans 24 Hours (GTEPro) 91.5
10th Harry Tincknell WEC (GTE Pro) / IMSA.SC / Le Mans 24 Hours (GTEPro) 89
11th Jake Hughes F3 / GP3 77
=12th Paul Di Resta AsianLMS / ELMS 74
=12th Oliver Jarvis IMSA.SC 74
14th Mike Conway WEC / Le Mans 24 Hours / IMSA.SC 68
=15th Michael Benham Michelin Le Mans Cup 67
=15th Mitch Evans FormulaE 67
=15th Duncan Tappy Michelin Le Mans Cup 67
18th Sam Bird WEC (GTE Pro) / FormulaE 66
19th Charlie Eastwood 24 Hour Endurance Series (991) / Blancpain Endurance Series (ProAm)/WEC (GTEAm) 62
20th Rob Huff WTCR 60
21st Colin Noble Michelin Le Mans Cup 59
=22nd Jenson Button MBE SuperGT / WEC 52
=22nd Adam Christodoulou 24 Hour Endurance Series (A6-Am) / VLN 52
24th Callum Ilott F3 / GP3 / F2 51
25th Alexander Sims FormulaE / WEC (GTEPro) 50
=26th Chris Goodwin Blancpain Endurance Series (Am) / VLN (SP8) 45
=26th Jordan King WEC (LMP2) / F2 45
=28th Oliver Rowland Formula E 42
=28th Dan Ticktum F3 42
30th Daniel Ricciardo F1 41
=31st Lando Norris F1 / F2 40
=31st Andy Priaulx MBE WEC (GTEPro) / WTCR / Le Mans 24 Hours (GTEPro) 40
33rd Alex Lynn WEC (GTEPro) / Blancpain Endurance Series 39
=34th Tom Blomqvist VLN / IMSA.SC (GTLM) 37
=34th Daniel McKay GT4 (E) 37
36th Jack Hawksworth IMSA.SC (GTD) / Blancpain Endurance Series 35
=37th Jamie Green DTM 33
=37th Daniel Lloyd TCR (E) 33
=39th Brendon Hartley WEC / IMSA.SC 32
=39th Phil Keen 24 Hour Endurance Series / Blancpain Endurance Series 32
41st Anthony Davidson WEC (LMP2) 31
=42nd Duncan Cameron International GT Open (ProAm) / ELMS (LMGTE) 30
=42nd Jake Dennis IGTC / DTM / Blancpain Endurance Series 30
=42nd George Russell F2 30
=45th Jonny Adam Intercontinental GT Open 26
=45th Richard Bradley ELMS 26
=45th Alex Brundle ELMS / Nurburgring 24 Hours (SP8T) 26
=45th Ben Hanley WEC/ELMS 26
49th Chris van der Drift Blancpain Asia 23
=50th Martin Brundle VLN (SP8) 21
=50th Steven Kane Blancpain Endurance Series 21
=52nd Matt Bell AsianLMS (LMP3) / Michelin Le Mans Cup 19
=52nd Jody Fannin VLN 19
=52nd Harrison Newey Japanese F3 19
55th James Kaye 24 Hour Endurance Series (TCR) 17
=56th Oliver Gavin IMSA.SC (GTLM) 16
=56th Jazeman Jaafar Blancpain World Challenge Asia 16
=56th Jann Mardenborough SuperGT 16
=59th Bradley Ellis International GT Open (ProAm) 14
=59th Will Stevens WEC (LMP2) 14
=59th Darren Turner International GT Open (ProAm) 14
=62nd Lance Stroll F1 12
=62nd Jack Harvey Indy Car Series 12
=64th Alex Albon F1 10
=64th Euan Hankey WEC (GTEAm) 10
=64th Andrew Howard Michelin Le Mans Cup (GT3) 10
67th Alex Mortimer Michel Le Mans Cup 9
=68th Peter Dumbreck Nurburgring 24 Hours 7
=68th Matt Neal 24 Hour Endurance Series (A3) 7
=68th Aaron Scott ELMS (LMGTE) 7
=68th Ashley Sutton TCR Europe  7
=68th Lewis Williamson Blancpain Endurance Series 7
=68th Nick Yelloly VLN 7
=74th Alex Buncombe Blancpain Endurance Series 5
=74th Tom Gamble Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe 5
=74th Ed Jones Indy Car Series 5
=74th Callum MacLeod Blancpain Endurance Series 5
       
       
       
       
       

Silver Star standings 2019

(As at 19 August 2019)

NB: Silver Star year runs between 7 April and 13 October

POSITION DRIVER CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS
1st Colin Turkington BTCC 174 (185)
2nd Andrew Jordan BTCC 169 (173)
3rd Daniel Cammish BTCC 148 (156)
4th Josh Cook BTCC 142 (148)
5th Rory Butcher BTCC 115 (119)
6th Lewis Plato Porsche Carrera Cup GB 111
7th Matt Neal BTCC 98 (99)
8th Ashley Sutton BTCC 97 (103)
9th Sam Tordoff BTCC 96
10th Josh Webster Porsche Carrera Cup GB 91
11th Tom Ingram BTCC 87 (89)
12h Phil Keen British GT 77
13th Tom Oliphant BTCC 83
14th Jonny Cocker British GT 77
15th Tom Chilton BTCC 76
16th Jason Plato BTCC 72 (76)
17th Jonny Adam British GT 69
18th Rob Collard BTCC 66
19th Adam Morgan BTCC 63
20th Bradley Ellis British GT 55
=21st Shaun Balfe British GT 52
=21st Rob Bell British GT 52
23rd Stephen Jelley BTCC 48
24th Mark Farmer British GT 43
25th Callum MacLeod British GT 41
26th Martin Plowman British GT4 40
=27th Seb Morris British GT 35
=27th Rick Parfitt Jnr British GT 35
29th Glynn Geddie British GT 33
30th Adam Christodoulou British GT 30
31st Andrew Howard British GT 29
32nd Jack Mitchell British GT 22
33rd Aiden Moffat BTCC 16
34th Tom Wrigley Porsche Carrera Cup 12
=35th Nathan Freke British GT4 10
=35th Adam Wilcox British GT 10
37th Tom Onslow-Cole British GT 6
=38th Tom Gamble British GT 2
=38th Jake Hill BTCC 2
40th Jack Goff BTCC 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 the competitive people they are, thought it would be 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.

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 as it later became clear they were likely recipients. 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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