Sabine Schmitz, two-time winner of the 24 Hours of the Nürburgring and presenter of Top Gear, on the BBC since 2016, has died after a years-long battle with cancer.

The automotive world is in mourning. This March 17, the organization of the 24 hours of Nürburgring announced the death of driver Sabine Schmitz on her Twitter account: “The Nürburgring has lost its most famous racing driver. Sabine Schmitz died far too soon after a long illness. She will be missed as well as her joyful nature. Rest in peace Sabine! “.

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Only aged 51 years old, the German lost her fight against cancer, against which she had been fighting for almost 4 years.

She was the queen of the Nürburgring

Sabine Schmitz is the first lady to have won the 24 Hours of the Nürburgring in 1996. At that time, she achieved the feat aboard a BMW M3 E36. The following year, she won the race again with her teammates Johannes Scheid, Hans-Jürgen Tiemann and Peter Zakowski, again with a BMW M3 E36 from Scheid Motorsport. In 1998, she won the VNL, which is an endurance championship held on the circuit since 1977. Recently, she estimated to have completed more than 20,000 laps of the 20.8 kilometer circuit.

She presented Top Gear UK from 2016 to 2020

Sabine Schmitz became known to the general public through her appearances on Top Gear. British viewers knew her from the famous BBC show (which also exists in France since 2015). After being invited to challenge Jeremy clarkson, she is chosen by the production to animate the program. She will be at the helm of the program between 2016 and 2020, alongside personalities such as Matt LeBlanc, Chris Evans and Paddy McGuinness.

On his Twitter account, Chris Harris paid tribute to him: “Rest in peace, beautiful, powerful and hilarious person”.

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