Who is Sabine Schmitz? Top Gear star on BBC and professional racing driver for BMW and Porsche

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SABINE Schmitz has her work cut out for her as she joins Matt LeBlanc and co behind the wheel of the new Top Gear series.

So who is Sabine? Here’s the lowdown on the newest face of Top Gear…

 The race car driver has been racing for nearly 30 years

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The race car driver has been racing for nearly 30 years

Who is Sabine Schmitz?

Sabine is a 47-year-old German professional motor racer, who works with BMW and Porsche.

She is also a qualified helicopter pilot, and was a restaurant owner until 2003 before she focused on raving full-time.

But she is most known as a racer, having entered 89 races in her lifetime, winning 5 and appearing on the podium for 16.

She has been working as a professional racer since 1993.

Where else would I have seen her?

Sabine was first seen on British TV taking ex-Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson around the ring taxi in 2002’s Jeremy Clarkson Meets the Neighbours.

She had also previously starred alongside the original Top Gear line up and appeared on the show from time to time from 2004 onwards.

Since 2006, Sabine has co-presented a German motoring show called D Motor, and will frequently be set challenges behind the wheel for the show.

She became known as “the fastest taxi driver in the world” after being one of two drivers who circled the Nurburgring 20.8km race track in BMW M5 “ring taxis”.

 Sabine is the latest face to join the team of Top Gear

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Sabine is the latest face to join the team of Top Gear

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