'Queen of the Nürburgring' Sabine Schmitz succumbs to cancer

17 March 2021 - 12:04 By Motoring Reporter
Sabine Schmitz attends the 'Top Gear' World TV Premiere at Odeon Luxe Leicester Square on January 20, 2020 in London.
Sabine Schmitz attends the 'Top Gear' World TV Premiere at Odeon Luxe Leicester Square on January 20, 2020 in London.
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German racing driver and TV personality Sabine Schmitz has died aged 51 after a three-year battle with cancer. The “Queen of the Nürburgring” made a name for herself after appearing on British television show Top Gear in 2004 where she raced presenter Jeremy Clarkson around Germany's Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit in a Ford Transit Van.

A professional race car driver who represented famous marques such as Porsche and BMW, Schmitz also offered high-speed “taxi rides” around the Nürburgring in her BMW M5. According to Schmitz she had lapped the 20.83km circuit more than 20,000 times. 

The German star revealed via Facebook in 2020 that she had been battling “an extremely persistent cancer” since late 2017. A statement issued by the German racetrack on Wednesday revealed that the 51-year-old had succumbed to the disease.

Sabine Schmitz passed away far too early after a long illness. We will miss her and her cheerful nature. Rest in peace Sabine!”


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