Sabine Schmitz death: Top Gear host and racing driver dies aged 51

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Known as the “Queen of the Nürburgring” racetrack, Schmitz also became famous for her role on BBC’s Top Gear where she first appeared back in 2004.

Following Jeremy Clarkson’s exit as lead presenter in 2015 she became a regular recurring member of the revamped team.

The Nürburgring confirmed on Twitter: “The Nurburgring has lost its most famous female racing driver. 

“Sabine Schmitz passed away far too early after a long illness. We will miss her and her cheerful nature. Rest in peace Sabine!”

Schmitz revealed last year she had been battling with cancer since 2017.

“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,” she said in a social media post.

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

“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.



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