I’m incredibly sad to share the news that Sabine Schmitz, the racing driver who has become a living legend since she appeared on Top Gear, has revealed in the last 24 hours that she is fighting cancer. She posted to her Facebook page explaining why she didn’t drive in a recent racing league, and said the following:
Dear friends of well maintained motorsport 😁
Many of you have probably wondered why I was on the list of participants on our Porsche in the NSL and then didn’t drive after all.
I would like to provide enlightenment here, I think I owe it to my / our fans!
Since the end of 2017, I have been fighting an extremely persistent cancer that has not been able to finish with the resources so far. It got a little better – but now he’s come back with full force. Now I have to draw all the strength and registers to master the next therapies powerfully… hoping something will happen. So I say goodbye ′′ probably ′′ 😜 first for this season.
In addition, I would like to thank everyone for their help and support in my everyday life and encouragement in written form!
So sweethearts, now you have an update. Please stay healthy and cheerful, see you at the ring 👋😘
This is incredibly sad news, but we at Grand Tour Nation are sending her all of our best wishes.
Until then, let’s look back into the archives of Top Gear where she taught Jeremy Clarkson how to take on the incredibly dangerous and difficult Nurburgring.
When Clarkson just about manages a ten-minute lap on a Jaguar X-Type, Sabine shouts at him, explaining how she could do such a thing in a van! Cue the next video…
She came incredibly close to Jeremy’s time at the wheel of a Ford Transit, making this possibly one of the most memorable episodes of Top Gear. Since then, she has become a legend within the racing and enthusiast communities. She also had a brief stint on the rebooted Top Gear after Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May left. But she soon left, possibly due to her health.
We wish her the best, and will keep you updated as we learn more.