Sabine Schmitz, Queen of the Nurburgring and Top Gear presenter has passed away. She was 51 years old. Just last year, she announced that he had been battling cancer since 2017.
The news of her death has shaken the Top Gear crew as well as the German racing world. As a result, tributes have been flooding in from just about everyone she worked with on the show as well as the Nurburgring, and fellow members of the German racing world.
Sabine Schmitz was a champion of the Nurburgring, also known as the Green Hell. She was the only female competitor to win a 24-hour race on the track, according to Autoevolution. She knew that track like the back of her hand. Schmitz had logged tens of thousands of laps on the course over a decade ago.
Along with being a top-tier racer, she was one of the brightest spots in any Top Gear broadcast she was on. Another former presenter on the show, Jeremy Clarkson, said of her, “Terrible news about Sabine Schmitz. Such a sunny person and so full of beans.” They appeared in several episodes together. Current presenter Paddy McGuinness also spoke up, praising the late racer’s driving prowess as well as her bright personality.
Schmitz may have completed her final lap but her influence and enthusiasm will live on in the generation of automotive enthusiasts that she helped to inspire.