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Thanks for posting that. As a former F2000 racer and Z06 owner, I really enjoyed it. Couple of comments though:

1) Our European brothers are far more adept at letting the faster car by (I've raced in multi class endurance races, so I know).

2) The guys on bikes are just f'ing nuts being on the track with cars at the same time and,

3) How in the hell do you learn that track? LOL

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Years ago I remember Clarkson going round there in a Jag S-Type. Diesel I think. Then a local lady racer, who knew the track well, got in the Jag and blew the socks off his time.

Actually Sabine Schmitz didn't quite beat Clarkson's time. He posted 09:59 and she went round in 10:23.

What WAS impressive, however, was that she didn't drive the Jag; she did it in a bone-stock Ford Transit van...




In an attempt to lower the time they subsequently removed everything unnecessary from the van and she got within 9 seconds on Clarkson's time.


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Pip - Yeah, I remember that too, but this is what I was referring to...


In December 2004, Schmitz gained recognition in the United Kingdom after appearing in the BBC television show Top Gear with presenter Jeremy Clarkson. After Clarkson (under her tutelage) set a lap time of 9 minutes 59 seconds around the Nürburgring in a Jaguar S-Type diesel (Season 5, Episode 5), she castigated his best lap with the comment "I tell you something, I do that lap time in a van". She did a lap in the Jaguar S-Type, and set a time of 9 minutes 12 seconds, beating him by 47 seconds. When trying to film Schmitz as she drove the S-Type, the film team were unable to keep up so used Jaguar test driver Wolfgang Schubauer to drive theJaguar S-Type R chase car, meaning that much of the lap shown on the episode was not the the 9 min. 12 sec. lap time.








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