Top Gear to pay tribute to the late Sabine Schmitz, 51, with a 30-minute special

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Top Gear will air a 30-minute special on Sunday to pay tribute to the late TV host, Sabine Schmitz, who passed away on March 17 at the age of 51.

The specially produced show will be released on BBC iPlayer from 8pm, directly following the current series finale, while the terrestrial premiere on BBC will take place on April 7 at 7.30pm.

Sabine, who first rose to fame as a racing driver, died last month in a hospital in Trier, Germany after a three-year battle with cancer.

Much Missed: Top Gear will air a 30-minute special on Sunday in honor of the late TV presenter and racing driver, Sabine Schmitz, who passed away on March 17 at the age of 51.

Much Missed: Top Gear will air a 30-minute special on Sunday in honor of the late TV presenter and racing driver, Sabine Schmitz, who passed away on March 17 at the age of 51.

The racing team, which she founded with her husband Klaus Abbelen, 60, announced her death to the public, describing her ‘brave fight against cancer’.

She was known as the Queen of the Nurburgring after reportedly driving the 14-mile circuit – widely regarded as the toughest in the world – more than 20,000 times over 20,000 times.

Sabine won the 24-hour touring car race twice in 1996 and 1997 with a BMW M3 before making a career as a motorsport guest commentator and TV presenter.

Her proficiency on the track earned her appearances on German motorsport TV channels, including the D Motor program, where she shot sports cars like the Ferrari 360, with much slower vehicles like a 1200 horsepower truck.

Heavy Heart: The specially produced show will be released on BBC iPlayer from 8pm, directly following the current series finale, while the terrestrial premiere on BBC will take place on April 7 at 7.30pm.

Heavy Heart: The specially produced show will be released on BBC iPlayer from 8pm, directly following the current series finale, while the terrestrial premiere on BBC will take place on April 7 at 7.30pm.

Heavy Heart: The specially produced show will be released on BBC iPlayer from 8pm, directly following the current series finale, while the terrestrial premiere on BBC will take place on April 7 at 7.30pm.

The current hosts of Top Gear, Freddie Flintoff, Chris Harris and Paddy McGuinnes, and former presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, James May, Rory Reid and Matt LeBlanc will all be seen in the one-off episode to share their fondest memories of the latter. episode. star.

Narrated by Zoe Ball, the thirty-minute celebration of Sabine’s life and career will feature some of her most memorable TV moments, as well as touching tributes from her friends and colleagues, including David Coulthard, Susie and Toto Wolff, and Jess Hawkins.

Sabine has been a beloved member of the Top Gear family and presenting team since 2016, having first appeared on the show in 2004, when she captured British hearts by breaking the ten-minute barrier around the Nurburgring Nordschleife in a Jaguar S -Diesel engine type – before she tried it. the same in a Ford Transit in the following series.

Sabine’s last appearance on Top Gear was on episode five of the 28th season, and despite her illness, she still flew to London to attend the series’ premiere in Leicester Square in January 2020.

Able: Sabine, who first rose to fame as a race car driver, died last month in a hospital in Trier, Germany after a three-year battle with cancer (pictured in 2010)

Able: Sabine, who first rose to fame as a race car driver, died last month in a hospital in Trier, Germany after a three-year battle with cancer (pictured in 2010)

Able: Sabine, who first rose to fame as a racing car driver, died last month in a hospital in Trier, Germany after a three-year battle with cancer (pictured in 2010)

Thoughtful: The current hosts of the iconic motorcycle show, Freddie Flintoff (left), Chris Harris (center), and Paddy McGuinnes (right) will all appear in the one-off episode to share their fondest memories of the late star

Thoughtful: The current hosts of the iconic motorcycle show, Freddie Flintoff (left), Chris Harris (center), and Paddy McGuinnes (right) will all appear in the one-off episode to share their fondest memories of the late star

Thoughtful: The current hosts of the iconic motorcycle show, Freddie Flintoff (left), Chris Harris (center), and Paddy McGuinnes (right) will all appear in the one-off episode to share their fondest memories of the late star

Back on screen: Former presenters Jeremy Clarkson (left), Richard Hammond (right), James May (center), Rory Reid and Matt LeBlanc will also be reflecting on some of her most memorable TV moments

Back on screen: Former presenters Jeremy Clarkson (left), Richard Hammond (right), James May (center), Rory Reid and Matt LeBlanc will also be reflecting on some of her most memorable TV moments

Back on screen: former presenters Jeremy Clarkson (left), Richard Hammond (right), James May (center), Rory Reid and Matt LeBlanc will also be reflecting on some of her most memorable TV moments

Clare Pizey, Executive Producer of Top Gear, said: “We offer our sincere condolences to Sabine’s partner Klaus and her family whose loss is so much greater than ours.

‘We had to pay a special tribute to Sabine for being such a big part of our Top Gear family and we will never forget the joy we had working with and knowing her.’

Alex Renton, Top Gear co-executive producer added: ‘Sabine was a part of Top Gear for over 15 years and it was no surprise that so many people who worked with her during that period dropped everything to be a part of this tribute.

“She was so loved and will be greatly missed by all of us.”

Watch the one-off episode on BBC iPlayer on Sundays from 8pm.

Goodbye: Sabine's last appearance on Top Gear was on episode five of the 28th season, and despite her illness, she still flew to London to attend the series' Leicester Square premiere in January 2020

Goodbye: Sabine's last appearance on Top Gear was on episode five of the 28th season, and despite her illness, she still flew to London to attend the series' Leicester Square premiere in January 2020

Goodbye: Sabine’s last appearance on Top Gear was on episode five of the 28th season, and despite her illness, she still flew to London to attend the series’ Leicester Square premiere in January 2020