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Sophia Flörsch, a fellow German female racing driver, said she had been inspired by Schmitz.
"Very sad news for motorsport," she said.
"Sabine is the queen at @nuerburgring. She always will be unreachable in the Green Hell. Seeing her races was inspirational and motivating. My deepest condolences to the family. RIP Sabine."
A tweet posted by the official account of Porsche, whose cars she raced competitively, said: "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 two-time @24hNBR winner was an icon at the wheel of the #Frikadelli #Porsche. Our sympathy goes to her family and friends."
originally posted by: gortex
Sabine was a racing driver , TV personality and business woman who knew the Nurburgring like the back of her hand and demonstrated that fact when she drove a Transit van around the circuit for Top Gear.