In honor of late motorsport heroine Sabine Schmitz, her longtime co-driver Johannes Scheid leads a lap of the track she called her home, the Nürburgring Nordschleife. He drives the 1996 BMW M3 “Eifelblitz”, the car with which he and Schmitz won the Nürburgring 24 Hour Endurance Race in 1996 and 1997.
The Nürburgring icon died in March at the age of 51 after his battle with cancer.
Growing up in the Nordschleife itself, Sabine Schmitz was affectionately known as the “Queen of the Nürburgring”, not only by winning the grueling German track endurance race twice, but by remaining the only woman to do so. . Outside of sanctioned endurance races, she made a household name jostle a Ford Transit van around the Nordschleife on Top speed back in the early years of the famous auto show. Some time after this appearance, Schmitz began hosting another auto show called Engine D on German television.
In 2016, the BBC announced it as part of Top speedregular list of presenters following the departure of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May. Some subsequent on-screen exploits include taking King of hammers, making Chris Evans To vomit with an Audi R8, and humiliate a lot of Porsche drivers with a Volkswagen GTI Clubsport S around the Nürburgring, you guessed it.
Scheid came full circle as everyone gathered for the ADAC 24 Hours at the Nürburgring this year. Fittingly, 11 women are on the grid for the race as they, along with everyone else, seek to honor Schmitz in their own way.
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