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Gold & Silver Stars

Gold Star standings 2016

(As at 26 September 2016)

POSITION DRIVER CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS
1st Lewis Hamilton MBE F1 350
2nd Jann Mardenborough F3 / SuperGT (GT300) 236
3rd Nick Cassidy F3 / SuperGT (GT300) 205
4th Daniel Ricciardo F1 204
5th Ed Jones Indy Lights 178
6th George Russell F3 159
7th Rob Huff WTCC 140
8th Dean Stoneman Indy Lights 138
9th Sam Bird WEC (LMP2) / Formula E / WEC (GTEPro) 121
10th Euan Hankey GT3 Le Mans Cup / International GT Open 120.5
11th Jordan King GP2 114
12th Mitch Evans GP2 / ELMS 112
13th Jamie Green DTM 109
14th Mike Conway WEC / Le Mans 24 Hour / ELMS 106
15th Alex Lynn GP2 104
=16th Rob Bell Blancpain Sprint Series / Blancpain Endurance Series 102
=16th Tom Chilton WTCC 102
18th Shaun Balfe International GT Open 99
19th Brendon Hartley WEC / IMSA Sports Car Championship 98
=20th Tom Kimber-Smith IMSA Sports Car Championship (PC) 95
=20th Oliver Rowland GP2 95
22nd Phil Keen International GT Open / Blancpain Endurance Series (ProAm) 92
=23rd Tom Blomqvist DTM / VLN 91
=23rd Mark Webber WEC 91
=25th Ryan Dalziel IMSA Sports Car Championship / WEC (LMP2) 88

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Alexander Sims F3 / Blancpain Sprint Series / Blancpain Endurance Series / Nurburgring 24 Hours 88
=27th Oliver Gavin IMSA Sports Car Championship (GTLM)/ Blancpain Endurance Series (Pro-Am) 83
=27th Oliver Jarvis WEC / Le Mans 24 Hour 83
29th Jake Dennis GP3 79
=30th Ryan Briscoe IMSA Sports Car Championship (GTLM) / Le Mans 24 Hour (GTEPro) 75
=30th Richard Westbrook IMSA Sports Car Championship (GTLM) / Le Mans 24 Hour (GTEPro) 75
32nd Harry Tincknell ELMS / WEC (LMGTEPro) 73
33rd Paul Di Resta DTM 72
=34th Matt Parry GP3 71
=34th Will Stevens Blancpain Endurance Series / Le Mans 24 Hour (LMP2) / Blancpain Sprint Series 71
36th Adam Christodoulou 24 Endurance Series / VLN / Nurburgring 24 Hours 70
37th Alex Brundle ELMS (LMP3) / WEC (LMP2) 66
38th Simon Dolan ELMS 63
39th Duncan Tappy International GT Open 61
40th Jazeman Jaafar Blancpain Endurance Series / Blancpain Sprint Series 60
41st Rory Butcher 24 Hour Endurance Series (SP3) / ELMS (LMGTE) 59
=42nd Gary Paffett DTM / Blancpain Endurance Series 58
=42nd Darren Turner WEC (GTEPro) / ELMS (LMGTE) / VLN 58
44th Ben Barker Porsche Supercup / GT3 Le Mans Cup 50
=45th Emil Bernstorff GP3 46
=45th Nick Tandy WEC (LMP2) / IMSA Sports Car Championship (LM.GTLM) 46
=45th Josh Webster International GT Open / Porsche Super Cup 46
48th Ben Hanley ELMS 45
49th James Calado WEC (GTEPro) 44
50th Nick Yelloly Porsche Carrera Cup Germany/ Porsche Super Cup 40
51st Joe Osborne 24 Hour Endurance Series / Blancpain Endurance Series (Pro-Am) / GT3 Le Mans Cup 39
52nd Richard Bradley WEC (LMP2) / IMSA Sports Car Championship (PC) 34
53rd Stuart Hall ELMS (LMGTE) / 24 Hour Endurance Series 32
54th Adrian Quaife Hobbs GT3 Le Mans Cup 31
=55th Jonathan Adam WEC (GTEPro) / IMSA Sports Car Championship / Blancpain Endurance Series (ProAm) 29
=55th Matt Bell Intercontinental GT Cup / ELMS (LMP3) 29
=57th Alex Buncombe Blancpain Endurance Series 28
=57th Anthony Davidson WEC 28
=57th Richie Stanaway ELMS (LMGTE) / WEC (GTEPro) 28
60th Will Palmer Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 27
61st Johnny Mowlem IMSA Sports Car Championship (PC) / GT3 Le Mans Cup 23.5
=62nd Adam Carroll International GT Open 21
=62nd Craig Dolby International GT Open 21
=62nd Peter Dumbreck VLN 21
=62nd Andrew Howard ELMS (LMGTE) 21
=62nd Alex MacDowall ELMS (LMGTE) 21
=62nd Michael Meadows 24 Hour Endurance Series 21
=62nd Oli Webb 24 Hour Endurance Series / WEC 21
69th Robin Liddell IMSA Sports Car Championship (GTD) 20
70th Tom Onslow-Cole 24 Hour Endurance Series 18
=71st Duncan Cameron Blancpain Endurance Series (ProAm) 17
=71st Matt Howson WEC (LMP2) 17
=71st Steven Kane Intercontinental GT Cup/VLN 17
=71st Andy Priaulx MBE IMSA Sports Car Championship / WEC (GTEPro) 17
=75th Daniel Brown 24 Hour Endurance Series 16
=75th Jamie Campbell-Walter 24 Hour Endurance Series 16
77th Guy Smith Intercontinental GT Cup 12
=78th Jenson Button MBE F1 10
=78th Marino Franchitti WEC (GTEPro) 10
=78th David Jones 24 Hour Endurance Series (A6Am) 10
=78th Godfrey Jones 24 Hour Endurance Series (A6Am) 10
=78th Richard Lyons SuperGT (GT300) 10
83rd Alex Davison Intercontinental GT Cup 9
=84th Katherine Legge IMSA Sports Car Championship 7
=84th Jon Minshaw Blancpain Endurance Series (Pro-Am) 7
=84th Aaron Scott ELMS (LMGTE) 7
=87th Jonny Kane Le Mans 24 Hour 5
=87th James Thompson WTCC 5
=87th Danny Watts Le Mans 24 Hour 5
=87th James Winslow ELMS 5
       
       

Silver Star standings 2016

(As at 19 September 2016)

POSITION DRIVER CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS
1st Gordon Shedden BTCC 183 (199)*
2nd Mat Jackson BTCC 169 (191)*
3rd Colin Turkington BTCC 164 (182)*
4th Dino Zamparelli Porsche Carrera Cup 163 (175)*
5th Sam Tordoff BTCC 162 (187)*
6th Matt Neal BTCC 154 (174)*
7th Jason Plato BTCC 148 (157)*
8th Rob Collard BTCC 144 (186)*
9th Andrew Jordan BTCC 138 (154)*
10th Adam Morgan BTCC 122 (128)*
11th Stephen Jelley Porsche Carrera Cup 117
12th Tom Sharp Porsche Carrera Cup 104
=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 64
19th Rob Bell British GT 56
20th Adam Carroll British GT 50
21st Rob Austin BTCC 42
22nd Dan Cammish Porsche Carrera Cup 40
23rd Andrew Howard British GT 38
24th Jeff Smith BTCC 19
25th Martin Short British GT 17
26th Daniel Lloyd BTCC / Porsche Carrera Cup 16
27th Marco Attard British GT 12
=28th Liam Griffin British GT 11
=28th Alexander Sims British GT 11
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      
       
 
       
       
       
       
       
       

 

     
       
       
       
       

 

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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