If there’s anyone who can quash this cancer for good, again, it’s our Nurburgring Queen Sabine Schmitz.
Update- Mar 17, 2021- The update I did not want to type, but our Queen has lost her battle to cancer. RIP Sabine Schmitz. Race in Peace <3
After a recent no-show to an upcoming double-stint race weekend at the Nurburgring Langstrecken Serie in her Porsche 911, fans were wondering what’s up? Sabine Schmitz took to Facebook earlier yesterday (July 20,2020) to let fans know she’s doing OK but is fighting a recent flareup of a rare cancer that she thought she’d defeated fully back in 2018. To give her body a better chance to endure the rounds of upcoming therapy (presumably chemotherapy) for the time being, Sabine’s withdrawn from the 2020 race season.
Here’s her update below.
“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.“
Sabine Schmitz drives for Frikadelli Racing Team in their Porsche 991 GT3 R #30 with three other drivers including Klaus Abbelen, Lance David Arnold, & Alex Muller.
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I wish our Frikadelli Team, Marshals, Mechanics and all other competitors a safe and successful race! Wish I could be there as well… Go go go!!!! 😍👍🤞 fingers crossed 🤞 #frikadelliracing #motorsportfinance #porschegt3r #nls #vlnlangstreckenmeisterschaft #nordschleife #amtiergarten #speedbeatmotorsport #frühkölsch
Her impact on the team since joining has been immense. According to her team bio,
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.
July 11 was Round 4 (technically round 2 due to Covid-19) of the NLS racing series, ADAC Reinoldus-Langstreckenrennen. #30 of the Frikadellis Racing Team was on the provisional entry list but with Sabine Schmitz not showing up, fans were wondering what happened.
According to Motorsport-Total, Sabine Schmitz was diagnosed with a rare vulvar cancer in October of 2017.
Less than a year later in May 2018, Sabine announced that, not only was she ready to return to racing amidst rounds of intensive chemo treatments, she’d already been working with Skoda, putting one of their cars through the paces for marketing purposes on the Nurburgring. Even then, with 11 rounds of chemo to go, Sabine announced her triumphant return to racing.
Medical staff and doctors treating her the first time were amazed how quickly she returned to racing with such vitality despite not-the-best forecast and in the middle of treatment, too.
Now, as mentioned, Sabine’s confirmed that this pesky rare cancer is back, and she’s entered treatment yet again.
The fighting spirit and “never give up” attitude is already with Sabine, and we’re wishing her all the best as she fights cancer for a second time.
Sabine recently sat down with the host of a German Auto podcast, her most recent public appearance. If you hit auto-translate, you can enjoy a bit of her back-and-forth with the hosts of Auto Schule.