The Nordschleife Queen is taking on the WTCC
Sabine Schmitz will be part of World Touring Car Championship race for the first time as she takes on 19 male rivals on home ground at most demanding track on the planet – the legendary Nurburgring Nordschleife.
This 45 years-old lady from Germany has signed up to contest the two races scheduled for the 25 kilometre layout on 16th of May which takes place just ahead of the Nurburgring 24 hours race. But while the championship and her ALL-INKL.COM Munnich Motorsport Chevrolet Cruze will be new to the driver and TV presenter, few know the Nurburgring Nordschleife and its 170 corners better than Schmitz.
Growing up at the family hotel within sight of the famous circuit, Schmitz achieved success and fame through her driving exploits around the Nurburgring. Not only is she a winner of the gruelling Nurburgring 24 Hours, Schmitz began a high-speed “taxi” service to show visitors to the venue how a fast lap should be done. It meant she would typically complete thousands of laps of the track each year.
Her WTCC debut marks a return to racing following a one year absence and coincides with the championship’s first visit to the Nurburgring Nordschleife, which last hosted a FIA level international race in 1983. Schmitz’s progress throughout the WTCC weekend will be captured on camera with regular updates broadcast online, on TV and on social media.
„We are thrilled to welcome a great talent and personality like Sabine Schmitz to the WTCC family and we can’t wait to watch her at the wheel of a new-generation TC1 World Touring Car on the world’s toughest race circuit against the best touring car drivers,” said WTCC General Manager Francois Ribeiro.
Schmitz, who will promote the FIA Women in Motorsport initiative during her WTCC Race of Germany said:
„I am really happy that I have the opportunity to take part in the WTCC. In my eyes it is the best racing series we have. I could have entered the championship a race earlier, but sadly that didn’t work with my agenda. But the WTCC Test Day on the Nordschleife on 28 April will be very important and good for my preparation.”
She also added:
„I will stay realistic with my goals for the races. There are some very good drivers on the grid and even if some of them don’t know the Nordschleife very well, they are the best touring car drivers in the world. But maybe the weather is on my side. I love to drive on the Nordschleife when it’s raining and we get plenty of rain there.”