Sabine-Schmitz-Kurve honours the 'Queen of the Nürburgring,' one of the fastest and most high profile drivers to lap the circuit that was her home.
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The owners of Germany's racing circuit Nürburgring have confirmed a corner will be named after local legend Sabine Schmitz, who passed away earlier this year following a battle with cancer.

The corner links the modern grand prix circuit with the legendary Nordschleife and will be known as the Sabine-Schmitz-Kurve.

The new name for what is effectively the first corner of the Nordschleife will be inaugurated on 11 September 2021 with drivers taking part in that weekend’s six-hour endurance race the first to navigate Sabine-Schmitz-Kurve in anger.

“Sabine Schmitz was the ambassador of the Nürburgring. Her name was mentioned around the globe in the same breath as our race track,” says Mirco Markfort, Nürburgring Managing Director. “It still stands for what defines the Nürburgring: the close connection to the region, the close proximity to the fans and the passionate commitment.”

Schmitz, known popularly and affectionately as the ‘Queen of the Nürburgring’ completed over 20,000 laps of the 20.8km track that snakes its way through the Eifel mountains in Germany.

A two-time winner of the famed Nürburgring 24 Hour race, Schmitz grew up within the confines of the Nordschleife where her family operated the Hotel am Tiergarten.

Schmitz rose to widespread fame after her appearances on the popular BBC program, Top Gear, where she was usually pitted against the show’s irascible co-host Jeremy Clarkson.

In one standout episode, Clarkson, under the guidance of Schmitz, lapped the Nordschleife in a Jaguar S Type in a respectable time of 9m59s. Schmitz then quipped, “I tell you something, I do that lap time in a van”.

She warmed up by completing lap in the same Jaguar S Type in 9m12s before switching to a humble Ford Transit van. She fell just short of eclipsing Clarkson’s time, although her 10m8s lap was enough to cement her cult-like status.

Now, Sabine-Schmitz-Kurve will honour her memory, a fitting tribute to the ‘Queen of the Nürburgring’.