Sabine Schmitz, Queen of the Nürburgring, dies

German pilot Sabine Schmitz, a two-time winner of the 24 Hours of Nürburgring and the first woman to complete that race, died in 1996, at the age of 51. The cancer victim she has been fighting since 2017. She was born in Adenau, near the track, and has completed 30,000 laps around her, equivalent to 600,000 km on the track. He knew “green hell” like everyone else, and after amazing the world in 1996, he repeated that feat again the following year on the steering wheel of a BMW M3.

The Nürburgring claims to have lost its “most famous racing driver”. “Sabine Schmitz died shortly after a long illness. We will miss her and her cheerful nature. Rest in peace, Sabine », road managers shared on their social networks. Schmitz, best known by the name “The fastest taxi driver in the world”, Work hanging on sweat every once in a while. Co-host the show D Motor on German TV, And was also one of the first collaborators from outside the UK to de ‘maximum speed’. He managed to score 10:09 with the Ford Transit in the Nürburgring On this BBC program.

Schmitz grew up in his parent’s hotel, 300 meters off the trailHe lived surrounded by cars and races. Linking it to the ring earned it The title of the Queen of the Nürburgring. His first driving memories came when he was 5 years old, when he rode the Nordschleife track behind his father, a Ford Granada purple. She felt more secure when she was in control. He admits, “It was the scariest moment of my life!”

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Vehicle response

The race driver has come to form her own team, Fridakelli Racing, In 2005, combined his love for cars with his role as a hotelier and bartender in his restaurant. He also dared with helicopters and got his pilot’s permit. Which Astonished him with the cars and it was the response you get when you drive it. “A car can be very human!”He went on to say. “I don’t care what it looks like, if it’s a race car, it should handle it well,” he said.

His followers did not know that Suffered from a ‘very chronic’ cancer since 2017 Until last summer, when Schmitz explained he had to resume his treatment. Formula 1 also had a final word for Schmitz. “We are deeply saddened by Sabine’s death. A wonderful talent and amazing person who made us all smile,” she said goodbye.

The pilot revealed her illness to her followers last summer, after a relapse.
The pilot revealed her illness to her followers last summer, after a relapse. / Twitter

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