The popular motorsport figure who is known to many simply as the “Queen of the Nürburgring” is honored

The German, widely known as the “Queen of the Nürburgring”, suffered from cancer for a long time

In a statement from the famous German race track it says: “The Nürburgring has lost its most famous female racing driver

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

The death of Schmitz, who was regularly seen on the BBC One-Show Top Gear, led to numerous honors

Former host of the show, Jeremy Clarkson, who appeared next to her on several episodes, said: “Terrible news about Sabine Schmitz, such a sunny person and so full of beans”

Current presenter Paddy McGuinness said: “She gave me pointers on how to drive a Ferrari very fast and chased me in a banger race

She gave me tips on how to drive a Ferrari very fast and drove me crazy in a banger race and an amazing person! RIP the great Sabine Schmitz BildTwittercom / awtbOnMD90

Another Top Gear presenter, Chris Harris, also posted a picture of himself on Schmitz and said, “Rest in peace, you wonderful, powerful, funny person”

“Sabine is the queen at @nuerburgring. She will always be out of reach in the Green Hell. Seeing her races was inspiring and motivating. My deepest condolences to the RIP family Sabine”

In a tweet of the official report from Porsche, whose cars she drove in the competition, it says: “Very sad to hear that Sabine Schmitz (1969-2021) passed away. The” Queen of the Nordschleife “was because of her open, humorous Kind of a crowd pleaser

“The two-time @ 24hNBR winner was an icon at the wheel of the #Frikadelli #Porsche Our condolences go to her family and friends”

After retiring from a race, she said in a statement last July: “Dear friends of professional motorsport

“Many of you have probably wondered why I was on the list of participants in our Porsche in the NSL and then didn’t drive

“I want to clarify this, 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 yet been eradicated with the resources

“Now I have to muster all my strength and nerves to master the next powerful therapies in the hope that something [good] will happen

“So I’m ‘probably’ saying goodbye for the first time this season. In addition, I would like to thank everyone for their help and support in my day-to-day life and the encouragement I gave me while writing!”

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