She died on the age of 51 after a protracted battle in opposition to most cancers.
A local of close by Adenau, Schmitz was an immensely well-liked determine on the Nurburgring who turned the primary feminine winner of the Nurburgring 24 Hours in 1996 earlier than taking a second victory the next yr.
She was additionally well-known for her BMW Ring Taxi rides and helped promote the legendary German circuit with varied TV appearances, together with a spell as a presenter for the BBC’s flagship present Prime Gear.
In complete she is estimated to have accomplished over 33,000 laps of the total Nurburgring-Nordschleife, incomes her the affectionate nickname ‘Queen of the Ring’.
The Nurburgring has determined to honour Schmitz’s life by naming a nook after her, with the primary left-hander of the Nordschleife renamed the Sabine-Schmitz-Kurve.
“Sabine Schmitz was the ambassador of the Nurburgring, her identify was talked about across the globe in the identical breath as our race observe”, mentioned Nurburgring Managing Director Mirco Markfort.
“It’s nonetheless stands for what defines the Nurburgring: the shut connection to the area, the shut proximity to the followers and the passionate dedication.”
Sabine Schmitz, Frikadelli Porsche 2014 Nurburgring 24 Hours
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The circuit determined to rename the primary nook of the daunting Nordschleife loop as it’s situated in Nurburg itself, which is the place Schmitz grew up.
A press release mentioned: ”The selection fell on the left-hand curve, which is situated on the outskirts of the neighborhood of Nurburg – the place Sabine Schmitz grew up just some metres away from the race observe.
After turning off the Grand Prix observe, it’s the first nook on the Nordschleife.”
The official inauguration of the Sabine-Schmitz-Kurve will happen on the 6-hour race of the Nurburgring Endurance Sequence on 11 September, a championship she additionally gained in its VLN guise in 1998.
Along with her VLN exploits, Schmitz additionally made two visitor appearances within the World Touring Automotive Championship on the Nurburgring, claiming factors finishes in 2015 and 2016 with Munnich Motorsport-run Chevrolets.