Sabine Schmitz dead: Top Gear star and 'Queen of the Nurburgring' racing driver dies, aged 51

Racing driver and Top Gear star Sabine Schmitz has died, aged 51.

The German, widely known as the 'Queen of the Nurburgring', had suffered a long illness with cancer.

A statement issued by the famous German racetrack said: "The Nürburgring has lost its most famous female racing driver.

"Sabine Schmitz passed away far too early after a long illness. We will miss her and her cheerful nature. Rest in peace Sabine!"