Nürburgring Corner Named After Sabine Schmitz Goes Official.
The Queen of the Nürburgring, this is for you.
On March 16 of this year, the automotive world lost a hero. Sabine Schmitz passed away at the age of only 51 after a long battle with cancer. Immediately right after the heartbreaking news was announced, a petition was created on Change.org to name one of the 154 corners in her memory.
Within 24hrs of the petition going live, over 10,000 (including yours truly) signed the petition and currently stands at over 50,000 signatures.
Officials of the Nürburgring spent the last 3 months discussing which one of the corners shall be named. A decision has finally been made.
The very first corner leading drivers onto the Nordschleife, formerly known as "Nordkehre" or "North Corner" will be officially renamed as "Sabine-Schmitz-Kurve." An official inauguration for the name change in memory of Sabine will take place on September 11 as part of the ROWE 6 Stunden ADAC Ruhr-Pokal-Rennen race.
Photo credit: nuerburgring Instagram
As a recap of Sabine Schmitz's greatness. She grew up right next to the Nordschleife and is the first and only woman to win the 24-hour endurance race. She lapped the infamous "Green Hell" more than 33,000 times, giving her the rightful name "Queen of the Nürburgring." From winning races to taking passengers on adrenaline-rushing tours with BMW ‘Ring taxi to setting diesel production SUV lap record in a Skoda. Not to mention scaring Richard Hammond in a Ford Transit van to embarrassing Jeremy Clarkson in a diesel Jaguar S-Type.
A wonderful tribute to a legendary driver. May she never be forgotten in our hearts.