Queen of the Nurburgring left us on March 16th, 2021 at the age of 51 years. Mere days after her death, Sabine Schimtz’s fans called for the ‘Ring to name a corner after her.
The motorsports complex made that wish come true. In addition to naming a corner to honor Sabine Schmitz’s life, career, and passion for all things with four wheels, the Nurburgring has awarded her with the title of ambassador.
The corner is located on the outskirts of Nurburg, very close to where she grew up. The official inauguration of the “Sabine-Schmitz-Kurve” will take place in the ROWE 6 Stunden ADAC Ruhr-Pokal-Rennen on September 11th, the seventh endurance race of the 2021 Nurburgring Endurance Series.
The first and only female racing drive to win the Nurburgring 24-hour endurance race for touring cars and grand turismos, the late racing driver broke further ground when she became the first woman to win the VLN Endurance Championship title in Germany. Besides her on-track exploits, Sabine was a Ring Taxi driver for many years in which she estimated to have complemented a whopping 30,000 laps of the grueling racing circuit.
In July 2020, Sabine confessed on social media that she had been diagnosed with a persistent form of cancer in 2017. Although her condition improved after getting proper treatment, the disease unfortunately relapsed.