LEE SMART

 

Biography...

Full name:
Lee Mitchell Smart
Birthplace:
Swindon, Wiltshire
Birthdate:
5th April 1988
 

 

 


Statistics...
Year Mat Rid Poi Bon Total Aver
2010 24 112 271 14 285 10.18

Taken from the Cradley Speedway database includes all matches

  BRITISH CAREER: (2003) Swindon II, Stoke II; (2004) Mildenhall; (2005) Somerset, Weymouth, Mildenhall; (2006) Plymouth; (2007) Birmingham, Weymouth; (2008) Birmingham, Mildenhall, Weymouth; (2009) Weymouth, Glasgow, Stoke.
National League Riders Champion in 2010

CLUB HONOURS: Conference Trophy winner: 2004 [Mildenhall]; League Championship winner: 2004 [Mildenhall], 2008 [Weymouth]; Knock-Out Cup winner: 2004 [Mildenhall]; Four-Team Championship winner: 2008 [Weymouth].


Profile...

The first Heathens Number one of the new era, Lee was signed for the Dudley Heathens on 17th February 2010 already an established rider.
It all began for Smart in junior grass-track racing when he was just six years-of-age. He began to practice on a speedway machine three years later and a further two years after that, in 1999, he was identified as the club mascot for his hometown team, Swindon.
Started his career with Swindon Sprockets in 2003 a day after his 15th birthday in April. He joined Stoke Spitfires in the Conference League later that season.  Lee joined Mildenhall in 2004 in the Conference league and ended the season with a League winners medal, KO Cup, and Conference League Trophy. Following regular second-half outings at Somerset, it seemed only natural that Smart would step-up to the PL by linking with the Rebels in 2005. And the year saw him also continue at Conference level, initially with Weymouth, before he returned to Mildenhall.
In 2006, he was to ride solely for Plymouth in what was their first season of activity at the St. Boniface Arena. The Devils made a sensational return to the sport, actually finishing on top of the league table, but losing in the Play-Off final to a powerful Scunthorpe side. Plymouth also reached the finals of the Knock-Out Cup and the Conference Trophy, but again had to play second fiddle in both to the all-conquering Scorpions.
 



photo's by Hippopix - John Hipkiss

He became a Birmingham asset in 2007 when the Brummies signed him in July from Somerset.
His association with Weymouth ended on 2nd July when the track doctor signed him out with a wrist injury.
He had a good season with the Brummies in 2007 with an average of 5.08. Stayed with the Brummies in 2008 but was released in August. . He later went onto have 6 matches with basement side Mildenhall.
Smart started the 2009 season without a Premier League club but was drafted into the Glasgow side following the leg injury to Anders Andersen.
When his stint with the Scottish club came to an end he then joined Stoke on loan during June, but has now been recalled by his parent club Birmingham.
He joined the new Dudley Heathens in 2010 scoring 13+1 on his debut against the American Dream Team at Perry Barr and the did the same on his League debut against Buxton at Monmore Green, he was an immediate hit with the Dudley fans.
Before April was out Lee had scored his first maximum for the Heathens with 15 points against Scunthorpe he went on to score 2 more maximums against Scunthorpe again in July and Weymouth in September.

He finished the season with an official green sheet average of 9.51 and an average of 10.18 from all matches including bonus.
He also won the National League Riders Championship at Rye House from Simon Lambert and Adam Allott.
Smart enjoyed another success when he was voted Dudley News Sports Personality of the Year by readers. Having scooped the National League Riders’ Championship at the end of the 2010 season, as well as leading the Heathens to top spot in the final league standings, he dominated the online poll to win comfortably from Halesowen Cycling Club’s Alister Clay, motorcyclist Michael Rutter and Dudley United Ladies’ boss Andy Mulligan.
Lee has since gone on to join Stoke and Redcar and back to Stoke in 2013.


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