Top Gear presenter and Queen of the Nurburg ring has passed away

The Queen of the Nürburgring and Top Gear host has lost her battle with cancer

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Sabine Schmitz, Top Gear presenter and queen of the nurburgring has passed away after a long battle with cancer. Appearing on Top Gear many times over the years. She properly entered British hearts on a 2004 episode of Top Gear, breaking the ten-minute barrier around the Nordschleife in a diesel Jaguar S-Type before attempting the same in a Ford Transit in the next series. A little over a decade later she returned to host the show in 2016 and made cameo appearances in series and episodes up until her passing, with her most recent appearance being the final episode of Series 28 in March 2020.

“Rest in peace you wonderful, powerful, hilarious person,” said Chris Harris this morning. “She gave me pointers on how to drive a Ferrari very fast and hunted me down in a banger race,” said Paddy McGuinness. “Brilliantly bonkers and an amazing human being! RIP the great Sabine Schmitz.”

Jeremy Clarkson – who helped introduce her to British petrolheads in the early 2000s – said this: “Terrible news about Sabine Schmitz. Such a sunny person and so full of beans.”

A terribly sad day in the world of Motorsport for sure.

Below are some of Sabine's best moments from her time on Top Gear

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