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Queen of the Ring, Sabine Schmitz, Honored With Her Own Corner At The Nürburgring

The first Corner at the Nürburgring to be named after late Racing Driver/ TV Presenter Sabine Schmitz

After a prolonged fight with cancer, professional driver and TV presenter, Sabine Schmitz passed away, earlier this year in March at the age of 51. Following a change.org petition, one of the corners at the famed Nürburgring has been dedicated to paying homage to the German racer. More than 10,000 people supported the proposal on the very first day, and the number of voters eventually surpassed 50,000. The plea drew a lot of attention, and suffice it to say, action was taken.

The first Corner at the Nürburgring to be named after late Racing Driver/ TV Presenter Sabine Schmitz

Queen of the Ring, Sabine Schmitz, Honored With Her Own Corner At The Nürburgring
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The official decision is in: the first corner of the track from the start will be known as the "Sabine Schmitz Kurve.” The naming will be official come the 11th of September, ahead of the ROWE 6 Hours ADAC Ruhr-Pokal-Rennen race part of the Nürburgring Endurance Series. It is certainly the highest accolade for any racing driver.

“Sabine Schmitz was the ambassador of the Nürburgring” - Mirco Markfort, Managing Director of the Nürburgring.

Sabine was born in 1969 in Adenau, Germany, and grew up in the town of Nürburg, a short distance away from the famed race track. Naturally, racing it seems was in her DNA and she went on to win several local racing events, notably the RCN series, in the early 90s.

She was also the first and only woman to conquer the Green Hell 24 hours endurance race in 1996 at the Nürburgring. (Group N on a BMW M3) and also in the following year in 1997 as well.

Queen of the Ring, Sabine Schmitz, Honored With Her Own Corner At The Nürburgring
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The legendary Racer & Top Gear presenter had well over 30,000 laps under her belt at the infamous Nürburgring

Schmitz also holds the record for the fastest series crossover at the famed race track, with seven seats, a record that stands to this day. She managed a time of 9 minutes and 29 seconds in a diesel Skoda Kodiaq RS.

She is renowned as the "Queen of the Ring" and "the fastest taxi driver in the world.” No one knew the Nüburgring as Sabine does. She admits to having upwards of 30,000 laps under her belt at the Ring. As she is famous for taking tourists around the ring in the "Nürburgring Renntaxi" or ("Ringtaxi"), at breakneck speeds around the infamous 13-mile racetrack with 147 corners.

Schmitz had one of her biggest breaks when she first appeared on the popular TV show Top Gear in the mid-2000s. She was Clarkson’s driving instructor for the day, where he was attempting to achieve a sub 10 minute lap time in an S Type diesel Jag. Clarkson did eventually manage to just about get it under 10 minutes. She famously challenged Jeremy, claiming that she could do that time in a van.

Queen of the Ring, Sabine Schmitz, Honored With Her Own Corner At The Nürburgring
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The very first corner of the Nordschleife to be named after late the Sabine Schmitz to honour the of Queen of the Ring

In 2016, Sabine became one of the presenters on Top Gear. A special BBC feature, hosted by Jeremy Clarkson along with some of the presenters, paid tribute to the late German racing driver.

With such an incredible career spanning decades at this Mecca for speed, it is only fitting that a corner is dedicated to one of the most celebrated women in motorsport. Watch Sabine take us around the ring here, in a 997 Porsche 911 to truly appreciate her racing talent.

Khris Bharath
Khris Bharath
Khris is a classic car aficionado and adores his Jags and Alfas, although he keeps tabs on everything from super exotics like an old EB 110 to the latest from Lucid. Formula One is very close to his heart, and he diligently makes time to tune in for the Grand Prix on Sundays. Khris also loves his road trips and he prefers stick shift over an Auto any day.  Read full bio
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