Former racing driver and Top Gear presenter Sabine Schmitz dies aged 51

Former racing driver and Top Gear presenter Sabine Schmitz, the only woman to have ever won the Nurburgring 24 Hours, died on Wednesday aged 51.

Schmitz had been suffering from long-term illness after being diagnosed with cancer in 2017. Schmitz, known as the “Queen of the Nurburgring”, conquered the 14-mile circuit in Germany, considered by many as the toughest racetrack in the world, on many occasions.

Schmitz was estimated to have driven around the track over 20,000 times where she won the 24-hour race at the circuit twice, driving the BMW M3, in 1996 and 1997.

Schmitz gained further popularity during a Top Gear appearance in 2004, driving a Ford Transit van around the track in just over 10 minutes, then 12 years later, she became a presenter on the show in 2016.






Source: BBC and Sky News