Elite League Speedway: Poole Pirates axe out-of-form reserve Lee Smart
Last Updated: 04/05/14 1:59pm
Lee Smart: Axed by Poole Pirates (picture by speedwayprint.com)
Poole Pirates promoter Matt Ford has confirmed out-of-form reserve Lee Smart has been axed by the Elite League club.
Smart has endured a below-par start to the season in Poole kevlars, scoring just eight points in five outings which included two no-scores.
And Ford has lost patience with the Swindon-born rider, who recently cut a dejected figure in the 48-42 win over Birmingham.
"It hasn't quite worked out for him. He's not racing enough because he's not in the Premier League, he's only in the National League and he's only had one meeting."
Ford on Smart
Pirates are able to name a rider below Smart in the British Speedway Promoters' Association's fast track draft grade list, provided that rider is eligible for a full-time position.
"We're going to make a change and it may be that we try something for another month or so until we find what's best for the club in that position," Ford told the Daily Echo.
"I do believe whoever rides at number seven will find it very hard. There isn't anyone out there that's tearing things up and it will be no different for whoever comes in to replace Lee.
"It hasn't quite worked out for him. He's not racing enough because he's not in the Premier League, he's only in the National League and he's only had one meeting.
"Lee's been chasing from the back because of a lack of meetings. There's been no lack of effort and I wish him all the best and I hope he gets fixed up elsewhere and does himself proud."