Brilliantly bonkers and an amazing human being! RIP the great Sabine Schmitz

Sabine Schmitz dead: Top Gear presenter and Queen of the Nurburgring passes away aged 51

Schmitz, the Queen of the Nurburgring, was a familiar face on British television due to her spell on the BBC’s Top Gear over the years, first appearing on the show back in 2004

ByMatt MaltbyContent Editor, National Sports Network Desk

  • 08:28, 17 MAR 2021
  • UPDATED11:41, 17 MAR 2021

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Top Gear and German racing legend Sabine Schmitz has tragically passed away aged 51 after a long battle with cancer.

Schmitz, known as the Queen of the Nurburgring, was a familiar face on British television due to her spell on the BBC’s flagship motor racing show over the years.ADVERTISING

The TV star first appeared alongside Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May back in 2004 and retained a recurring role throughout various iterations of the show.

She became an instant hit with fans after racing a Ford Transit van around the Nurburgring in an attempt to get under the 10 minute mark; a feat she missed out on by just eight seconds.

Last year Schmitz – the only female winner of the 24 Hours of Nurburgring – revealed she had been secretly battling cancer since 2017, having been forced to pull out of a racing event at the last minute.

Sabine Schmitz has tragically passed away aged 51
Sabine Schmitz has tragically passed away aged 51 (Image: BBC Worldwide)
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“Sabine Schmitz passed away far too early after a long illness. We will miss her and her cheerful nature. Rest in peace Sabine!”

Former Top Gear presenter Clarkson led the tributes, writing on Twitter: “Terrible news about Sabine Schmitz. Such a sunny person and so full of beans.”

Schmitz was a familiar face on British television due to her spell on the BBC's Top Gear over the years
Schmitz was a familiar face on British television due to her spell on the BBC’s Top Gear over the years (Image: Internet Unknown)
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In a gut-wrenching post on social media last year, Schmitz explained that her absence from the Nurburgring Endurance Series race, despite being on the entry list, was due to her battle with cancer.ADVERTISEMENT

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She wrote: “Dear friends of professional motor sport.

“Many of you have probably wondered why I was on the list of participants on our Porsche in the NSL and then didn’t drive after all.

“I would like to provide enlightenment here, I think I owe it to my/our fans!

The German racing legend became a popular feature on BBC's Top Gear show
The German racing legend became a popular feature on BBC’s Top Gear show (Image: BBC World Wide)

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“Since the end of 2017, I have been fighting an extremely persistent cancer that has not been eliminated with the resources so far. It got a little better – but now it’s come back with full force.

“Now I have to draw all the strength and nerve to master the next powerful therapies … hoping something [good] will happen. So I say goodbye ‘probably’ for the first time this season.DON’T MISSFurious Patsy Palmer storms off on GMB interview for bringing up past addictionSuspect, 50, arrested over murder and sex assault of man at Michael Barrymore pool partyMeghan Markle’s Oprah interview ‘discrepancy’ revealed by Piers Morgan complaint

“In addition, I would like to thank everyone for their help and support in my everyday life, and encouragement in writing!

“So sweethearts, now you have an update. Please stay healthy and cheerful, see you at the ‘Ring.”

Schmitz appearing on Top Gear in 2017
Schmitz appearing on Top Gear in 2017 (Image: SHARED CONTENT UNIT)
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This Sunday’s episode of Top Gear will be dedicated to the German racing driver.

Clare Pizey, Top Gear’s executive producer, said in a statement on behalf of the Top Gear team: “Sabine was a beloved member of the Top Gear family and presenting team since 2016, having first appeared on the show in 2004, and everyone who had the pleasure of working with her on the team is in shock at this news.

“The ‘Queen of the Nurburgring’, Sabine radiated positivity, always wore her cheeky smile no matter how hard things got – and was a force of nature for women drivers in the motoring world.

“Like everyone else who knew her, we will truly miss her – Sabine really was one of a kind.

Schmitz alongside Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May on Top Gear
Schmitz alongside Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May on Top Gear (Image: mirror.co.uk)
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“Our thoughts are with her partner Klaus who was always by her side and who we welcomed to Dunsfold many times, and her family in Germany.”

Schmitz grew up within the boundaries of Germany’s iconic race track and earned the nickname “Queen of the Nurburgring” after estimating she completed more than 20,000 laps of the track.

The racing icon also became known as the ‘world’s fastest taxi driver’ by driving passengers around the track in a BMW M5.

She first appeared on Top Gear in 2004 alongside Jeremy Clarkson and then became a regular feature on the popular TV show.

Following Clarkson’s exit in 2015, Schmitz joined the revamped hosting line-up and retained a recurring role during the BBC’s period of various presenters.

As well as Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, Schmitz also worked alongside Chris Evans, Matt LeBlanc, Paddy McGuinness and Freddie Flintoff during her spell on Top Gear.

McGuinness paid tribute to Schmitz on social media, writing on Twitter: “She gave me pointers on how to drive a Ferrari very fast and hunted me down in a banger race. Brilliantly bonkers and an amazing human being! RIP the great Sabine Schmitz.”Follow @DailyMirrorMORE STORIESPlay this Game for 1 Minute and see why everyone is addictedDESER ORDER|SponsoredPensioners in Stowmarket Are Snapping Up Brilliant New Hearing AidsCOMPARE HEARING AIDS|SponsoredMORE ON

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