Sabine Schmitz - SPEEDBEE
Porsche 991 GT3 R #30
Domicile: Barweiler (DE)
Familiy status: unmarried
Business: self-employed in motor sports
Hobbies: ranch, helikopter, diving
German racing fans tend to call
Sabine Schmitz the "Queen of the Nordschleife”. The long-standing girl-friend
of team-owner Klaus Abbelen has been with Frikadelli Racing from the outset.
The daunting Nürburgring Nordschleife is her second home. She grew up in the
race track’s immediate vicinity and got to know the most famous racing drivers
as guests in her parents’ hotel "Am Tiergarten”. As soon as she could grab her
mother’s car’s steering wheel, she tackled the Nordschleife and started to hone
her unmistakable talent.
In 1990, she entered her first
competitive series, the predecessor of the Circuit Challenge Nürburgring. In
her debut season she won three races and repeated this feat in her second year.
At the same time Schmitz proved to also be fast on other tracks than the
Nordschleife, winning the Ford Fiesta Mixed Cup’s Ladies category. In 1992,
Schmitz won the overall championship along Thomas
Despite her appearances in the
South African Touring Car Cup 1995 or Brazilian sports car races 1999, the
Nordschleife was and remains Schmitz favorite stomping ground. She competes in
the Langstreckenmeisterschaft (VLN) and the 24-hour race, which she
sensationally won in 1996 as the first woman ever. Sabine repeated this victory
in the following year; in 1998 she triumphed in the VLN overall standings – again as the
first woman driver.
In the following years, Sabine was
mainly known for her fearless rides at the „Ring Taxi’s" wheel. Thousands of enthusiastic
passengers have since witnessed her skill and learned what fear is. It is
estimated that Sabine Schmitz has now more than 30,000 laps on one of the
world’s most beautiful and challenging race tracks under her belt
It was at the wheel of the
Frikadelli-Porsche 911 GT3 alongside Klaus Abbelen that Sabine returned to the
VLN. Since then the Barweiler-based team has assembled more than 20 top-3
results including seven overall victories. Her guest appearance in the World
touring Car Championship WTCC attracted world-wide attention when she drove a
privately-entered car to a top-10 result on the Nordschleife.
Besides being an enthusiastic helicopter pilot and horse rider, Sabine has won the attention of a global TV audience presenting several car magazines and appearing as special guest in British cult format "Top Gear”.