Sabine Schmitz

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Sabine Schmitz Ruled the Nürburgring

Racing is hard work, but you would’ve never known it to watch Sabine Schmitz drive. She dove into every corner with the gleeful chuckle of a child playing peekaboo. “Where is the apex? Where is it? There it is!” Shriek, giggle, dimples, and a big grin. It looked so easy when she did it, so fun. No glowering race face for Schmitz; she loved driving and loved the Nürburgring, and it was so obvious that it made everyone who saw her love them too. It’s one thing to be talented at something and take pleasure in doing it well; it’s another level altogether to make everyone around you feel that same joy. When Schmitz died of cancer at age 51, it resonated as a personal loss to people who had never met her. That’s how bright her light was, how far it shone.
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Sabine Schmitz Now Has A Corner Of The Nürburgring Named In Her Honor

There are countless ways to win as a racing driver. Yes, you can win a victory. You can take a championship. You can set a record, do something no one else has done. But there’s a unique honor that comes by having a corner of a race track named after you. And that’s what the Nürburgring has done with Sabine Schmitz to remember the legacy of the woman who was the ‘Ring.
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Sabine Schmitz Now Has a Corner at the Nurburgring

Sabine Schmitz was no less than the face of the Nurburgring. When she passed away last month, it took less than two days for a campaign to name a corner in her honor to rise. Within 24 hours, that campaign counted more than 13,000 supporters. One month later, the Nurburgring itself has finally completed that honor, and the corner they chose is one of the most significant on the 14-mile Nordschleife.

Nurburgring names a track corner after the late Sabine Schmitz

It's still shocking that we lost racing driver and frequent "Top Gear" guest Sabine Schmitz this year. In the wake of her death, many tributes came out, but perhaps the most fitting one has come from the track that helped make her famous, the Nürburgring. The track operators announced today that the very first corner of the famed Nordschleife would be named after her; the Sabine-Schmitz-Kurve.

OFFICIAL: Nurburgring Names A Corner After Sabine Schmitz

In March of this year, we had to bring you the terrible news that Sabine Schmitz had died after a long and private battle with cancer. She was an inspirational figure in motorsport and was arguably best known for her exploits at the Nordschleife, where she copped the nickname "Queen of the 'Ring". Not only did she become the first woman - and the only to date - to win the 24 Hours of Nurburgring, but she also racked up thousands of miles driving the Ring Taxi, typically favoring various versions of the BMW M5. With so much experience at the track and a legacy that should never be forgotten, a petition was drafted to get a corner at the Green Hell named after her. Today, we bring you the happy news that this is now happening.

Nordschleife corner named after late Sabine Schmitz

Schmitz died in March this year at the age of 51 after a long battle against cancer. A native of nearby Adenau, Schmitz became an immensely popular figure at the Nurburgring, becoming the first female winner of the Nurburgring 24 Hours in 1996 before taking a second win the next year.

A corner at the Nürburgring will be named after Sabine Schmitz

Officials at the Nürburgring have announced that a corner will be renamed in honour of Sabine Schmitz, who lost her battle with cancer earlier this year. The first corner on the Nordschleife – a left-hander after turning off the Grand Prix circuit – will now be known as the Sabine-Schmitz-Kurve.

Sabine Schmitz Rightfully Has Nurburgring Corner Named After Her

The first corner of the Nordschleife will now be known as the Sabine-Schmitz-Kurve, after the queen of the ‘Ring died earlier this year. Sabine Schmitz’s death in March 2021 sent shockwaves through the motorsport world, and almost immediately a petition was created to get a corner of the Nurburgring named after her. Now, the decision has been made: the first corner of the Nordschleife will be renamed the Sabine-Schmitz-Kurve in her honour.

Sabine Schmitz: ‘The Queen of the Nurburgring’ and Top Gear star

Totally unfazed by any challenges that came her way, Sabine Schmitz, who has died from cancer aged 51, was a vivacious and highly successful racing driver with a fearless natural talent that saw her popularly dubbed, “The Queen of the Nurburgring.” A noted specialist in endurance driving, having become the first and only woman to win the Nurburgring 24 Hours race, this dynamic force of nature subsequently found herself very much a pioneering figurehead for women in motor sport. Proving no less successful when in front of the cameras, appearances both on German television and here on BBC’s Top...

Top Gear fans praise Sabine Schmitz tribute show

Viewers have praised Top Gear’s tribute episode honouring Sabine Schmitz, the show’s former presenter who died last month after a four-year battle with cancer.The German racing driver, who had appeared on Top Gear regularly since its overhaul in 2015, died at the age of 51 on 16 March, with the BBC this week airing a special episode that paid tribute to the “Queen of the Nurburgring” racetrack.The BBC uploaded the episode to iPlayer last Sunday before it went live on BBC One on Wednesday evening.Fans of the show took to social media to express their enjoyment of the episode, which...

Jeremy Clarkson returns to Top Gear for first time since 2015 for Sabine Schmitz tribute

Jeremy Clarkson is returning to Top Gear for the first time since his departure in 2015, to pay tribute to the late motor racing driver Sabine Schmitz.Schmitz died of cancer last month. She had regularly appeared on Top Gear, and will be the focus of a special memorial episode airing on BBC One later this week.Clarkson features in the tribute, which is available now on BBC iPlayer, alongside former co-stars Richard Hammond and James May.The trio currently host the motoring-themed reality series The Grand Tour on Amazon Prime Video.In 2015, Clarkson’s Top Gear contract was not renewed by the...

Top Gear: Fans Sing Praises For Sabine Schmitz Tribute As Jeremy Clarkson Returns To Show

With the latest Top Gear series coming to an end, fans were happy to see a half-hour tribute to the Queen of the Nurburgring, Sabine Schmitz following the final episode. But this wasn’t a normal episode with Chris Harris, Paddy McGuinness, and Freddie Flintoff, no. The majority of Top Gear presenters ever to work with Sabine returned to the show to air their love for the racing driver, including The Grand Tour trio Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May.

This weekend: TG pays tribute to Sabine Schmitz with a 30-min special

Top Gear will pay tribute to Queen of the Nürburgring Sabine Schmitz, who died last month aged 51, with a half-hour special. The programme will be available to stream through BBC iPlayer from 9pm this Sunday, April 4th, immediately after the Top Gear series finale on BBC One. It will also be broadcast at 7:30pm on BBC One on Wednesday, April 7th.

Top Gear To Pay Tribute To Sabine Schmitz With 30-Minute Special

After the Top Gear season finale, presenters past and present will gather together to remember Sabine Schmidt. Known as the Queen of the Nurburg Ring, Sabine Schmidt was an accomplished racer and part of Top Gear in various capacities for over 14 years. To pay homage to the incredible person Sabine Schmidt was the entire Tope Gear family will gather to remember her.