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Sabine Schmitz's Biography

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Sabine Schmitz was born in Germany on 14 May 1969.

Her family owned a hotel and restaurant in Nürburg, and initially she became a hotel manager and sommelier. Soon, however, she got involved in motor sports and won CHC and VLN events.

In the late 1990s. she became the first woman to win a major 24 hour race, the 24 Hours Nürburgring.

She set up a company, Sabine Schmitz Motorsport, and started driving the BMW M5 “Ring taxi” around the Nordschleife circuit.

Her Hot Taxi Laps also became available at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.

In 2006, Sabine Schwarz started co-hosting the German show, D Motor.

She also appeared on Top Gear (series 5 and 11) and, in 2016, it was announced that she would be one of the new presenting team of Top Gear.

She was Top Gear’s first female presenter in 15 years. The last one was Vicki Butler-Henderson.

Sabine Schmitz died aged 51 in 2021. She had been diagnosed with cancer.

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