Top Gear Adds German Racing Driver Sabine Schmitz As Co-Host

Posted: Dec 23 2015, 10:17am CST | by , in News | Cars & Vehicles

Top Gear Adds German Racing Driver Sabine Schmitz as Co-Host
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Big changes are being reported from BBC's Top Gear production. Two presenters are joining and two producers are leaving the show.

Chris Evans is the new host of BBC's Top Gear show, replacing ousted Jeremey Clarkson. The show is making headlines today as an executive producer throws down the towel. Lisa Clark, who was brought on to the team by Evans is leaving Top Gear.

UK newspaper The Sun reports today that Evans has picked two more hosts that are to join him on the show in 2016 besides David Coulthard. German race driver Sabine Schmitz and car journalist Chris Harris.

A German on Top Gear? Sabine Schmitz has though a history on Top Gear. She appeared on Top Gear back 11 years ago. She showed Jeremy Clarkson how to drive around the Nürburgring in a Jaguar S-Type diesel. Schmitz beat Clarkson by 47 seconds. She tried to beat his time later driving a Ford Transit van, missing Clarkson's time by only 9 seconds.

In 2008, Schmitz got a second chance on Top Gear to beat Jeremy Clarkson's time in a Ford Transit. You can watch the segment here. She is a maniac behind the wheel. She could not improve the time and beat Clarkson, but it was still an incredible piece of driving.

Back in March of this year, The Guardian suggested to pick Schmitz as host of Top Gear. Stuart Heritage wrote in a satirical voice at the height of the search for a new Top Gear host: "She has appeared from time to time on Top Gear in the past, and shown herself to possess exactly the right mix of knowledge and boisterousness for the job every time. Plus, she is both German and a woman, a combination of traits so alien to the majority of Top Gear viewers that the whole show would probably self-destruct within an hour of her taking the job. And surely, at this point, that would, as they say, be the best outcome for everyone involved."

Now satire becomes reality, if the Sun report turns out to be true. The new Top Gear 2016 season is set to premiere in May of 2016.

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