Former Top Gear presenter Sabine Schmitz – famous as the only woman who won the Nürburgring 24 Hours – died at the age of 51

Schmitz had become synonymous with the Nürburgring-Nordschleife, the 14-mile route in Germany that is considered the toughest in the world

In 1996 and 1997 she won the 24-hour touring car race on the track twice with a BMW M3

She became known as the “Queen of the Nürburgring” and estimated that she had more than 20Had driven the route 000 times

Schmitz later received recognition for an appearance on Top Gear in 2004 in which she drove a van across the track, and subsequently became the show host alongside Chris Evans in 2016

This Sunday’s Top Gear episode is dedicated to Schmitz Says Executive Producer Clare Pizey: “Sabine has been a beloved member of the Top Gear family and presentation team since 2016, having first appeared on the show in 2004 and anyone who has had the pleasure of working on a team with her is shocked at this news

“Sabine radiated positivity, always wore her cheeky smile, no matter how hard things got – and was a force of nature for female drivers in the automotive world

“Like everyone else who knew her, we will really miss her – Sabine was really unique. Our thoughts go with her partner Klaus, who has always been by her side and whom we have welcomed many times to Dunsfold, and her family in Germany “

Top Gear host Chris Harris said Schmitz was a “wonderful, powerful, fun person,” while former host of the show, Jeremy Clarkson, paid tribute by tweeting that she was “such a sunny person and so full Beans “

Formula 1 said that Schmitz was “a force of nature” that inspired “a new generation of motorsport enthusiasts”

Sabine Schmitz

Weltnachrichten – GB – The former racing driver and Top Gear presenter Schmitz dies at the age of 51