Motorsport mourns Sabine Schmitz. Born in Nürburg, who was the first woman to win the 24-hour race in the “Green Hell” under the name Sabine Reck in 1996, she died on Wednesday at the age of 51 of complications from cancer.
The “Queen of the Nordschleife” won the long-distance classic a second time in 1997 and is still the only woman on the list of winners. In 1998 Schmitz also became the first female pilot to secure the title in the VLN endurance championship.
Schmitz later drove countless laps on the Nordschleife as a driver of the ring taxi and presented various motorsport TV formats. With her second husband, the meat manufacturer and hobby racing driver Klaus Abbelen, she founded the Frikadelli Racing team in 2005.