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Gold Star standings 2019

(As at 10 June 2019)

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

1st Lewis Hamilton MBE F1 231
2nd Paul Di Resta AsianLMS/ELMS 74
=3rd Earl Bamber GTWC / IMSA.SC(GTLM) 64.5
=3rd Nick Tandy IMSA.SC(GTLM) / VLN 64.5
5th Tom Onslow-Cole International GT Open (ProAm) / Blancpain Endurance Series (ProAm) 57
6th Enaam Ahmed Japanese F3 52
7th Jack Aitken F2 49
=8th Sam Bird WEC (GTE Pro) / FormulaE 48
=8th Charlie Eastwood 24 Hour Endurance Series (991) / Blancpain Endurance Series (ProAm)/WEC (GTEAm) 48
10th Nick Cassidy SuperGT / SuperFormula 46
11th Chris Goodwin Blancpain Endurance Series (Am) / VLN (SP8) 45
=12th Michael Benham Michelin Le Mans Cup 42
=12th Mike Conway WEC 42
=12th Callum Ilott F3 / GP3 / F2 42
=12th Duncan Tappy Michelin Le Mans Cup 42
=12th Dan Ticktum F3 42
17th Alex Lynn WEC (GTEPro) / Blancpain Endurance Series 39
18th Oliver Rowland Formula E 37
=19th Jenson Button MBE Super GT/WEC 36
=19th Adam Christodoulou 24 Hour Endurance Series (A6-Am) / VLN 36
=19th Daniel Ricciardo F1 36
=22nd Mitch Evans Formula E 35
=22nd Jack Hawksworth IMSA.SC (GTD) / Blancpain Endurance Series 35
=22nd Rob Huff WTCR 35
25th Lando Norris F1 / F2 33
=26th Brendon Hartley WEC / IMSA.SC 32
=26th Jake Hughes F3 / GP3 32
=26th Phil Keen 24 Hour Endurance Series / Blancpain Endurance Series 32
=29th Anthony Davidson WEC (LMP2) 31
=29th Andy Priaulx MBE WEC (GTEPro) / WTCR 31
=31st Jake Dennis IGTC / DTM / Blancpain Endurance Series 30
=31st George Russell F2 30
=33rd Ben Hanley WEC/ELMS 26
=33rd Jordan King WEC (LMP2) / F2 26
=35th Oliver Jarvis IMSA.SC 25
=35th Alexander Sims Formula E / WEC (GTE Pro) 25
37th Colin Noble Michelin Le Mans Cup 24
38th Richard Westbrook IMSA.SC (GTLM) 23.5
39th Duncan Cameron International GT Open (ProAm) 23
40th Harry Tincknell WEC (GTEPro) / IMSA.SC 22
=41st Tom Blomqvist VLN / IMSA.SC (GTLM) 21
=41st Martin Brundle VLN (SP8) 21
=41st Jehan Daruvala F3 21
=41st Steven Kane Blancpain Endurance Series 21
=45th Richard Bradley ELMS 17
=45th Jamie Green DTM 17
=45th James Kaye 24 Hour Endurance Series (TCR) 17
=48th Matt Bell AsianLMS (LMP3) 14
=48th Bradley Ellis International GT Open (ProAm) 14
=48th Will Stevens WEC (LMP2) 14
=48th Darren Turner International GT Open (ProAm) 14
=52nd Alex Brundle ELMS 12
=52nd Jack Harvey Indy Car Series 12
54th Euan Hankey WEC (GTEAm) 10
=55th Jazeman Jaafar Blancpain World Challenge Asia 9
=55th Alex Mortimer Michel Le Mans Cup 9
=57th Jann Mardenborough SuperGT 7
=57th Matt Neal 24 Hour Endurance Series (A3) 7
=57th Ashley Sutton TCR Europe  7
=57th Chris van der Drift Blancpain World Challenge Asia 7
=57th Lewis Williamson Blancpain Endurance Series 7
=57th Nick Yelloly VLN 7
63rd Oliver Gavin IMSA.SC (GTLM) 6
=64th Alex Buncombe Blancpain Endurance Series 5
=64th Tom Gamble Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe 5
=64th Ed Jones Indy Car Series 5
=64th Callum MacLeod Blancpain Endurance Series 5
68th Alex Albon F1 3

Silver Star standings 2019

(As at 10 June 2019)

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

1st Colin Turkington BTCC 77
2nd Josh Cook BTCC 70
=3rd Rory Butcher BTCC 69
=3rd Phil Keen British GT 69
5th Ashley Sutton BTCC 66
6th Andrew Jordan BTCC 60
7th Jonny Cocker British GT 58
8th Lewis Plato Porsche Carrera Cup GB 55
9th Matt Neal BTCC 53
10th Tom Ingram BTCC 49
11th Tom Chilton BTCC 42
12th Dan Cammish BTCC 37
13th Bradley Ellis British GT 35
14th Josh Webster Porsche Carrera Cup GB 32
15th Jason Plato BTCC 31
=16th Mark Farmer British GT 29
=16th Seb Morris British GT 29
=16th Rick Parfitt Jnr British GT 29
19th Jonny Adam British GT 26
=20th Rob Collard BTCC 25
=20th Martin Plowman British GT4 25
=22nd Adam Christodoulou British GT 24
=22nd Callum MacLeod British GT 24
=24th Andrew Howard British GT 23
=24th Adam Morgan BTCC 23
=26th Stephen Jelley BTCC 22
=26th Tom Oliphant BTCC 22
=28th Glynn Geddie British GT 21
=28th Sam Tordoff BTCC 21
30th Aiden Moffat BTCC 13
=31st Shaun Balfe British GT 12
=31st Rob Bell British GT 12
=33rd Jack Mitchell British GT 10
=33rd Adam Wilcox British GT 10
35th Tom Gamble British GT 2


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:


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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