KLAUS Abbelen is a German race car driver and a master butcher.
He started racing Ferraris in the 1990s.
Klaus and Sabine got married in 2007Credit: Frikadelli Racing
Who is Sabine Schmitz’s husband Klaus Abbelen?
Abbelen was born on September 15, 1960, in Tonisvorst, in what was West Germany.
Due to his job as a butcher he gained the nickname Frikadelli – a meatball dish.
Abbelen started his endurance career in 1999, joining class A in the Ferrari Porsche Challenge in a Porsche.
He became the Euro GT Series champion in 2000.
He has also recently competed in the FIA GT Championship, as well as in the Le Mans Endurance Series.
When did Sabine Schmitz and Klaus Abbelen meet?
Sabine Schmitz was previously married to a German hotelier and she was known as Sabine Reck.
They divorced in 2000.
It is not known when Abbelen and Schmitz first met but reports say they got married in 2007.
Do Sabine Schmitz and Klaus Abbelen have children?
They didn’t have any children together.
Reports say they were “inseparable” and “madly in love”.
They are thought to have dated for a year before tying the knot.
Sabine became a popular presenter of the BBC show Top Gear
What has Klaus Abbelen said about Sabine Schmitz’s death?
In a statement issued by Frikadelli Racing – the team Sabine founded with husband Klaus – it was announced that Schmitz had lost her long battle against cancer and died at the age of 51 on March 16, 2021.
The team wrote on social media: “Sabine Schmitz (14.5.1969 – 16.3.2021) passed away yesterday (Tuesday) after her brave fight against cancer.
“She was 51 years old. Klaus Abbelen and all relatives and friends are deeply saddened by the immeasurable loss.”
Paying tribute to the famous driver, legendary motorsport complex the Nürburgring tweeted: “The Nürburgring has lost its most famous female racing driver.
“Sabine Schmitz passed away far too early after a long illness. We will miss her and her cheerful nature. Rest in peace Sabine!”
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