Jeremy Clarkson returns to Top Gear for Sabine Schmitz tribute

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 6 April 2021
The Grand Tour

James May, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond

'The Grand Tour' trio Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are to return to 'Top Gear' to pay tribute to late racing driver Sabine Schmitz

Jeremy Clarkson is returning to 'Top Gear' this week to pay tribute to Sabine Schmitz.

The late motor racing driver – who was a regular on the BBC show for many years – sadly died from cancer last month aged 51, and now the 60-year-old star will be back on the programme with his fellow former hosts James May and Richard Hammond.

In the episode – which is already available on iPlayer – Jeremy said: "When she walked into a room it was as though everything just got a bit brighter and a bit louder.

"She was turning everything up on your television until it was just (begins to shake) just like that – and that’s what five minutes with Sabine was like."

Richard added: "You watch those films with her in again and just watch her smile. And the great tragedy is I’m sure she had much more of that to share with us."

And James also paid tribute to her loyal fans around the world.

He said: "It’s the breadth of affection for her.

"It was everybody from hard-core Nurburgingers, who respected her enormously, to just households who watched 'Top Gear' and just loved her because she'd turn up and slightly smash the place up and ridicule the rest of us.

"I think it earned her a huge number of fans."

Sabine first appeared on 'Top Gear' in 2004 when she attempted to break then-presenter Jeremy's lap time of nine minutes and 59 seconds around the Nürburgring.

Jeremy had set the time in a Jaguar S-Type car, and she beat his time by 47 seconds in the same motor.

She then told him: "I tell you something, I do that lap time in a van."

Sabine then attempted to take Jeremy's time on in a Ford Transit van, and managed it in 10 minutes and eight seconds, just nine seconds shy of his time in the Jaguar.

The tribute episode will air on BBC One on Wednesday (07.04.21), and the 'Grand Tour' trio's appearance comes six years after they left 'Top Gear' when Jeremy was axed after an "unprovoked attack" on a producer.

The special also includes messages from former presenter Matt LeBlanc and current hosts Paddy McGuinness, Freddie Flintoff and Chris Harris.

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