Sabine Schmitz has tragically died aged 51 after a long battle with Cancer. Shmitz earned a reputation as the ‘Queen of the Nurburgring’ having driven the track on thousands of occasions.
Schmitz won the 24 Hours Nurburgring in back-to-back years in 1996 and 1997.
She also ran a famous taxi service around the track for years having grown up a short distance away from the iconic venue.
Her track expertise earned her a role on Top Gear from 2004.
She became a huge part of the show following the departures of Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond in 2015.
The Nurburgring announced she had sadly passed in a statement on Wednesday morning.
The statement read: “The Nurburgring has lost its most famous female racing driver.
“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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