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Membership

Membership of the British Racing Drivers’ Club is highly sought after and offered only to those who have achieved success at the highest levels of motor sport.

Membership is split into the following categories:

Life:
Any paid up Member who has been a Full Member for twenty years may apply to the Directors for Life Membership.
The Directors may grant Life Membership to such Member at a fee which in their absolute discretion they shall prescribe.

Full:
Full Membership of the Club is confined to ladies and gentlemen of British and Commonwealth nationality whom the Board consider to be eligible and who have complied with the following minimum criteria:
(i) Applicants must have competed in at least three seasons’ racing (not necessarily consecutive) and with participation in at least eight races in each season.
(ii) In any one season they must have been classified as a finisher in not less than six races.
(iii) Applicants must also comply with the following:
a) they must have been placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd in General Classification in at least four races; or
b) where competing in races of not less than 500km or 3hours with more than one class, they have to have either:

1) won their class (there being not less than six starters) in three or more races; or

2) won the class (with at least six starters) of sure a race forming part of the FIA World Endurance Championship, the Japanese Super GT Championship or the IMSA Sports Car Championship (or such other multi-class races as the Directors shall from time to time nominate);

provided that where more than one driver drives the same car in a race, each driver may count the event only if they have driven for a minimum of of 30% of the race distance covered by the car.

All qualifying races must be within categories approved by the Directors from time to time and of any ASN National A or International status.

Exceptional performance in Historic races may be considered at the discretion of the Directors. Applicants must be proposed and seconded by Full or Life Members of the Club of at least three years standing.

The Directors reserve the right also to elect, in exceptional circumstances, ladies and gentlemen whom they consider desirable as Full Members whether or not they have complied with the aforementioned conditions.

No Member may propose or second more than two applicants in one calendar year.

Board Members and Associate and Honorary Members are not eligible as proposers or seconders.

References in these Articles to Full Members as gentlemen and the use of words in such connection implying the masculine gender shall be deemed to include references to ladies and words implying the feminine gender.

Associate:
Associate Membership of the Club shall be restricted to ladies and gentlemen whom the Board consider desirable as Members because they have made an exceptional contribution to British Motor Sport over a considerable period of time, and who are not qualified for Full Membership.

Applicants must be proposed and seconded by Full or Life Members of the Club of at least three years standing.

The Directors reserve the right also to elect, in exceptional circumstances, ladies and gentlemen whom they consider desirable as Associate Members whether or not they have complied with the aforementioned conditions.

No Member may propose or second more than two applicants in one calendar year.

Board Members and Associate and Honorary Members are not eligible as proposers or seconders.

References in these Articles to Associate Members as gentlemen and the use of words in such connection implying the masculine gender shall be deemed to include references to ladies and words implying the feminine gender.

Honorary:
Honorary Membership shall be by invitation of the Directors only. The number of Honorary Members shall be limited to a maximum set by the Directors from time to time.

Qualifying Categories:

The following is the list of championships in which participation qualifies the applicant for Full membership of the BRDC. Please note that there are conditions attached to the use of certain championships below in connection with a membership application, such as a requirement to have finished in the top four for that season to count as eligible and certain championships are only eligible between a certain range of years. As such, applicants should check their current position with the Club office or their proposer or seconder, prior to submitting a membership application.

F1 F2
F3000 inc Formula Nippon/Super Formula and Auto GP GP2
GP3 Formula E
F3 Formula Junior (1958 - 1964)
Tasman & Formula 5000 (1964-1976) Formula Nissan (1998 - 2004)
Indy 500, CART, Champ Car, IRL, ICS Indy Pro Series, Indy Lights, Formula Atlantic
A1GP (2006 - 2009) World Series by Renault/Formula Renault 3.5/Formula V8 3.5
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (2014 - Present) Pirelli World Challenge (GT Class Only)
Can AM, Grand Am, IMSA Sports Car Championship NASCAR
DTM Le Mans 24 Hours
FIA World Endurance Championship European Le Mans Series
American Le Mans Series and Le Mans Series FIA Intercontinencal Le Mans Cup
FIA GT1 and GT2 Asian Le Mans Series (2015 - Present)
FIA GT3 FIA GT World Cup
ACO Michelin Le Mans Cup British GT
Japanese GT International GT Open
Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup Blancpain Endurance Series Sprint Cup
SRO Intercontinental GT Challenge Speedcar Series (2008 - 2009)
Austrialian V8 Supercars Porsche Supercup
Porsche Carrerra Cup GB (2009 - Present) Porsche Carrera Cup Germany (2014 - Present)
FIA European Touring Car Cup World Touring Car Cup/World Touring Car Championship
British Touring Car Championship * TCR International Series (2017)
International Superstars Series (2007 - 2013) Nurburgring 24 Hours
Nurburgring 24 Hours (2002 - Present) 24 International Endurance Series (2015 - Present)
* Formula Renault Eurocup (1992 - 2014) excluding Winter Series * Formula Renault NEC (2015 - Present)
* Formula Opel Euro Series (1988 - 1999) * Formula Ford 2000 Euroseries (1979 - 1987) 
* TCR International Series (2017) * Porsche Carrerra Cup GB (2003 - 2008)
* Porsche Carrera Cup Germany (2011 - 2013) * SEAT Cupra Cup (2003 - 2008)
* SEAT Leon Eurocup (2008 - 2010 and 2014 - Present) * Formula BMW Europe (2009 - 2010)
* Formula Renault UK (1989 - 2011) * Ginetta GT Supercup (2011 - Present)
* Renault UK Clio Cup (2012 - Present) * Toyota Racing Series New Zealand (2012 - Present)
* BRDC British F3 Championship (2016 - Present) ** IMSA Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge (2016 - Present)
** VLN (2016 to Present)  

* Denotes that championships of this category can only be counted once on an applicant's CV. In order for participation in that championship to count as a qualifying season, applicants must have been placed in the the top four of the championship in the season relied on. Race results may not be used.

** Denotes championships where applicants must be placed in the top six overall for class results to be acceptable.

 

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