Speedway News

REIGNING New Year Classic Champion Lee Smart has issued a plea to fans as he defends his title at Newport on Monday.

Smart, who suffered a long-term injury whilst racing for Plymouth last season and has no team place for 2012 yet, wants his fans at his former tracks to get behind him as he aims to retain the Classic and become the first winner of the new Tim Stone Trophy.

Smart said: “I need a good performance again to make promoters sit up and realise I am available and could do a good job for them. With most teams now full this is a big ask but with the fans behind me I am determined to show them again what I can do.

“So I hope to see supporters from all my old tracks shouting for me as this will give me the boost I need to provide a shock again in a very strong field of riders.”

THE finest action from a highly eventful 2011 season will be in the spotlight this weekend – starting on Saturday evening.

The Sky Sports Speedway Review Show will be first broadcast on New Years Eve at 7pm on Sky Sports HD3.

It includes the best of the action from the Elite League, British Final, Grand Prix and World Cup plus an in-depth interview with World Champion Greg Hancock.

Further showings are planned for January 1 at 3am (SSHD4), 7am (SSHD2), 1pm (SSHD3) and January 2 at 12.30am (SSHD2).

Future Fixture:

MONDAY JANUARY 2:NEW YEAR CLASSIC: Newport 1pm