“Klaus Abbelen and all relatives and friends are deeply saddened by the immeasurable loss,” the tweet reads.
Schmitz grew up near the Nürburgring circuit in western Germany. In 1996, she grew to become the first girl to win its well-known 24 Hours race, driving a BMW. The following yr, she repeated the feat.
Schmitz additionally labored as a driver on the circuit’s “ring taxi,” which affords guests the likelihood to do a lap of the course as a passenger.
“Sabine Schmitz passed away far too early after a long illness. We will miss her and her cheerful nature. Rest in peace Sabine!”
“Very sad to hear that Sabine Schmitz (1969-2021) has passed away. The “Queen of Nordschleife” was a crowd favourite due to her open, humorous way,” the tweet reads. “Our sympathy goes to her family and friends.”
“She gave me pointers on how to drive a Ferrari very fast and hunted me down in a banger race,” he tweeted. “Brilliantly bonkers and an amazing human being! RIP the great Sabine Schmitz.”