CHRIS Evans, Jeremy Clarkson and Paddy McGuinness have led tributes to the legendary female racing driver Sabine Schmitz after her death at the age of 51. Presenter Chris Evans paid tribute to the …
This weekend: TG pays tribute to Sabine Schmitz with a 30-min special
Current and former TG hosts and special guests will pay tribute to Sabine in a half-hour show
Top Gear will pay tribute to Queen of the Nürburgring Sabine Schmitz, who died last month aged 51, with a half-hour special.
The programme will be available to stream through BBC iPlayer from 9pm this Sunday, April 4th, immediately after the Top Gear series finale on BBC One. It will also be broadcast at 7:30pm on BBC One on Wednesday, April 7th.
The racing driver, who won the Nürburgring 24 Hours twice, first appeared on Top Gear in 2004. She returned as a host a little over a decade later.
The specially-produced programme will see Top Gear’s current presenters – Freddie Flintoff, Chris Harris and Paddy McGuinness – joined by former hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, James May, Rory Reid and Matt LeBlanc, as well as guests such as David Coulthard, Susie and Toto Wolff, and Jess Hawkins.
Clare Pizey, Top Gear’s Executive Producer, said: “We send our heartfelt 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 as she was a 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, co-Executive Producer on Top Gear added: “Sabine was part of Top Gear for over 15 years and it was no surprise that so many people who had worked with her over that period dropped everything to be a part of this tribute. She was so loved and will be greatly missed by us all.”
Frikadelli Racing initially secured pole position for the race in qualifying. With a time of 7: 53.565 minutes, Olsen relegated the competition from Phoenix-Racing (# 11) to second place by 2.264 seconds. “That was a good lap,” said the Norwegian. “We worked out a very good setup during the test and set-up run on Friday. On the lap itself, I had no traffic and was able to drive freely. ”
Referring to the recent passing of Frikadelli Racing and ‘Ring race icon Sabine Schmitz he added:
“I am very happy for the team. I think Sabine watched us from above and she is proud of us. ”
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