Sabine Schmitz, Top Gear host and all-round Nurburgring legend, has revealed that she is battling cancer. This incredibly sad news was disclosed by Schmitz herself on her official Facebook page, explaining her absence from a recent racing league:
"Dear friends of well-maintained motorsport, many of you have probably wondered why I was on the list of participants on our Porsche in the NSL and then didn't drive after all. I would like to provide enlightenment here, I think I owe it to my/our fans!"
Schmitz continued, "Since the end of 2017, I have been fighting an extremely persistent cancer that has not been able to finish with the resources so far. It got a little better - but now he's come back with full force. Now I have to draw all the strength and registers to master the next therapies powerfully ... hoping something will happen."
"So I say goodbye, probably first for this season. In addition, I would like to thank everyone for their help and support in my everyday life and encouragement in written form! So sweethearts, now you have an update. Please stay healthy and cheerful, see you at the ring."
All of us wish Sabine Schmitz nothing but the best in her battle and hope that she will soon be back where she truly belongs, inside a racecar.
In the meantime, watch the videos below to see why Schmitz is such a legend and well-liked TV presenter.
Photos credit: Sabine Schmitz Motorsport
Video credits: Top Gear & RSRNurburg