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#1 SophieB

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Posted 17 March 2021 - 08:11

Incredibly sad news. She was great and seemed absolutely lovely.

 

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I’m very sad to hear of the passing of Sabine Schmitz, the only woman to have won the #Nürburgring24Hours, rightly known as ‘Queen of the Nürburgring’, & a star of @BBC_TopGear, who’s succumbed to cancer, aged just 51. #RIPSabineSchmitz

 

 

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The Nürburgring has lost its most famous female racing driver. Sabine Schmitz passed away far too early after a long illness. We will miss her and her cheerful nature. Rest in peace Sabine!

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#2 messy

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Posted 17 March 2021 - 08:17

Oh God, that's awful. Like lots I guess I was introduced to her via Top Gear. She was brilliant. 



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Posted 17 March 2021 - 08:18

Bloody hell, what a shock. Introduced to her first when she was throwing a transit van around the Nurburgring and she always seemed to be a great woman with fantastic passion for motorsports.

#4 Jovanotti

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Posted 17 March 2021 - 08:19

Absolutely saddening and shocking, out of nowhere  :cry: Loved the Top Gear segments with her and Clarkson/May/Hammond. Rest in peace.



#5 owenmahamilton

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Posted 17 March 2021 - 08:32

Terrible news, I was just looking her up on Google yesterday as I hadn't heard anything about her for a while, I read online a couple of years ago that she had cancer but hadn't heard anything since. Rest In Peace Sabine.



#6 FredrikB

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Posted 17 March 2021 - 08:33

That was very sad news  :cry:

 

Seeing her on top gear was some of the higlights of that series.  



#7 JimmyClark

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Posted 17 March 2021 - 08:33

This is so sad to hear; I didn't even realise she was ill.

What a great driver and personality she was.

#8 balage06

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Posted 17 March 2021 - 08:36

Damn, and everyone was looking forward to 2021...



#9 CountDooku

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Posted 17 March 2021 - 08:38

So sad. She was awesome on Top Gear and genuinely added lots of natural humour to the show. Rapid on a track too! 😞

#10 SpeedRacer`

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Posted 17 March 2021 - 08:43

What an awful week this has been. I enjoyed seeing her on the new version of TG since Clarkson left, wasn't aware she'd been on it during his era as well. RIP.



#11 FullOppositeLock

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Posted 17 March 2021 - 08:44

Oh no! Such a great character on Top Gear. Godspeed Sabine  :cry:



#12 Ben1445

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Posted 17 March 2021 - 08:52

Two time Nürburgring 24 Hours winner, let’s not forget

Very sad

#13 H0R

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Posted 17 March 2021 - 08:53

Oh wow, she was a proper legend in Germany. That's very sad.



#14 ensign14

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Posted 17 March 2021 - 08:58

 

:cry:



#15 f1rules

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Posted 17 March 2021 - 09:04

such sad news! thanks for all the great moments you gave us, RIP,



#16 OvDrone

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Posted 17 March 2021 - 09:08

Celebrating her life as a inspirational woman and fantastic racer. Her name and the Nurburgring are merged together in my mind.



#17 Loosenut

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Posted 17 March 2021 - 09:08

https://www.youtube....h?v=5KiC03_wVjc

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I remember watching that. Sad news indeed. What a lady!

#18 DS27

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Posted 17 March 2021 - 09:15

I had no idea she was ill. How very, very sad.



#19 F1matt

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Posted 17 March 2021 - 09:23

RIP Sabine. If there is a Nürburgring in the sky you will find some worthy rivals. 



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#20 kumo7

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Posted 17 March 2021 - 09:24

RIP Sabine, your energy that I saw at TopGear made me more motivated in many more things that I had to confront,... 



#21 PhilArny80

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Posted 17 March 2021 - 09:26

Terribly sad news, loved watching her on Top Gear. RIP Sabine.



#22 ConsiderAndGo

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Posted 17 March 2021 - 09:28

Bloody hell. What a crap week.

RIP, Sabine. Legend.

#23 barrykm

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Posted 17 March 2021 - 09:30

Oh no  :cry:  RIP Sabine.



#24 kar

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Posted 17 March 2021 - 09:43

Not much to say other then how sad it must be for her family and loved ones.

She certainly lived in such a short span many lifetimes compared to many. Glad we were so fortunate to have gotten to know her a little bit from top gear.

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#25 ezequiel

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Posted 17 March 2021 - 10:06

RIP Sabine. Knew of her some years ago due to her one off appeareances in the WTCC at the Nordschleife.



#26 Zoe

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Posted 17 March 2021 - 10:12

Oh no  :cry: Loved the videos of her going round the 'ring.

 

I always told my co-workers "get a driving lesson from Sabine Schmitz" when they were trundling along with the rental cars while on a business trip. No none had heard of her until I showed them a youtube video, then they were all mightily impressed!



#27 TomNokoe

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Posted 17 March 2021 - 10:16

"I can do that time in a van!" as she mocks Jeremy Clarkson is etched in my mind.

 

Very, very sad. 51 is so young. RIP.



#28 f1paul

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Posted 17 March 2021 - 10:21

Horrible news, been a rough few days in the motorsport broadcasting world. So sad



#29 Roadhouse

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Posted 17 March 2021 - 10:33

So saddened by this news.  :cry:

 

Way too young to die, RIP.



#30 Pete_f1

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Posted 17 March 2021 - 10:40

RIP

She was such fun on Top Gear.

#31 Spillage

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Posted 17 March 2021 - 10:40

Very sad news. I really enjoyed her appearances on British TV. Far too young. RIP.

#32 Zoe

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Posted 17 March 2021 - 10:46

https://www.youtube....h?v=bRBLix7DVGw

(in German)



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Posted 17 March 2021 - 10:46

R.I.P.



#34 BRG

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Posted 17 March 2021 - 10:51

This is such sad news. 

 

Sabine was a role model for women in motor sport.  She took on the men on equal terms, asked for no special treatment and gave as good as she got.  And all done with infectious good humour and cheerfulness.  Her Top Gear appearances were always a real treat, especially when she was putting Clarkson firmly and funnily in his place.  



#35 Fastcake

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Posted 17 March 2021 - 10:52

Horrible news. :(

As things to be known for go, going around the Nurburgring full pelt in a van is up there with the quirkiest. She must have had a lot of fun over the years!

#36 Silberpfeil

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Posted 17 March 2021 - 11:09

Desperately sad news. Sabine was, by all accounts, a lovely lady – my dad used to do a lot of work around the Abbelen factory back when her longtime partner Klaus still owned the company, so he met her once or twice. Had nothing but good to say about her.

#37 absinthedude

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Posted 17 March 2021 - 11:18

Oh damn.....that explains a rather cryptic Facebook post I saw. Very sad news.



#38 cpbell

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Posted 17 March 2021 - 11:41

This is such sad news. 

 

Sabine was a role model for women in motor sport.  She took on the men on equal terms, asked for no special treatment and gave as good as she got.  And all done with infectious good humour and cheerfulness.  Her Top Gear appearances were always a real treat, especially when she was putting Clarkson firmly and funnily in his place.  

Well said.  I knew she had been fighting cancer for a while, but it's still a shock. 



#39 Neno

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Posted 17 March 2021 - 11:52

Rest in peace Sabine.  :cry:



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#40 Gary Davies

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Posted 17 March 2021 - 11:55

Zu jung. Tragisch.  :cry:



#41 LucaP

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Posted 17 March 2021 - 12:24

An infectious enthusiasm....
Rip

I know corner names are almost sacred at Nurburgring, but maybe in this case... what better tribute?

#42 Stephane

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Posted 17 March 2021 - 12:38

The Stefan-Bellof-S were not named that long ago.

 

She deserves something.



#43 SophieB

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Posted 17 March 2021 - 12:44

 

:cry:

 

This was very moving to rewatch. Being able to stand back and say that no, there's no point to doing it again because you know you have already given it your absolute all, is something to aspire to.



#44 ArchieTech

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Posted 17 March 2021 - 12:54

RIP Sabine. She gave 100% on track and always with such enthusiasm, she will be missed a lot.



#45 eibyyz

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Posted 17 March 2021 - 12:58

:-(



#46 balaclava

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Posted 17 March 2021 - 13:10

How many legends are we going to lose in these troubled times? Rest in peace Sabine.

#47 Nemo1965

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Posted 17 March 2021 - 13:35

51. Cancer. Scheisse.

 

Ruhe sanft, Sabine.



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Posted 17 March 2021 - 13:43

This is such sad news. 

 

Sabine was a role model for women in motor sport.  She took on the men on equal terms, asked for no special treatment and gave as good as she got.  And all done with infectious good humour and cheerfulness.  Her Top Gear appearances were always a real treat, especially when she was putting Clarkson firmly and funnily in his place.  

 

I could not have said it any better.

 

She was inspiring and engaging, she will be missed.

 

Rest in peace.



#49 Radoye

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Posted 17 March 2021 - 13:46

:cry:



#50 Afterburner

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Posted 17 March 2021 - 14:25

Terribly sad news. Like many, I best remember her for, “I could do that time in a van.”

Rest in peace. :well: