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“Queen of Nürburgring” Sabine Schmitz dies of rare cancer at the age of 51

Sabine Schmitz, the only female race driver to win the 24 hours at the Nürburgring, has passed away at the age of 51. She was diagnosed with a rare cancer in 2017.

The German won the prestigious endurance competition in 1996 in a BMW M3 alongside Johannes Scheid and Hans Widmann. A year later she triumphed again with Scheid, Hans-Jurgen Tiemann and Peter Zakowski. It earned her the nickname “Queen of the Nürburgring”.

“We have lost our most famous female racer,” the circuit said in a statement on Wednesday. “Sabine Schmitz left us much too soon after a long illness. We will miss her and her happy nature. Rest in peace Sabine! ”

After her successes at the Nürburgring, Schmitz made a name for herself with her own team Frikadelli Racing, which she founded with husband Klaus Abbelen. She also presented the Top Gear program on the BBC. Co-host Jeremy Clarkson expressed his condolences via Twitter, calling her death “terrible news”.


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