FORMER Brighton Municipality resident 15-year-old Stevie Smith is a girl on a mission. Stevie, who now lives in Managalore, has been involved in kart and car racing since she was seven years old is now eyeing a sprint car racing career taking her around Australia.
Currently Stevie is racing in the 10-17 years of age Speedway Sedans Australia Junior category and is a keen participant in meets both in Tasmania and interstate.
“I love racing and have done so since I was a little girl. I guess having a father, who is a keen car racer and a brother, who also races, it was inevitable I would end up racing too.
“My dad started racing and pit crewed when he was 14 and then he got into speedway racing and has been in it for 30 years. My brother Josh raced for six years in juniors too,” Stevie said.
Dad, John is her biggest supporter and he has been helping transport her around to all the meets in which she’s participates, from Carrick, Latrobe and Hobart speedway in Tasmania and extensively in Victoria over the last school holidays.
Chas Kelly who owns one of Tasmania’s biggest transport companies has been her sole sponsor most recently and she is grateful for the company’s continuing support, but she also acknowledges the fantastic support she received from other businesses throughout her young car racing career.
“I started in go karts officially when I was seven although I began trying them out when I was five. I’ve raced at Orielton, Burnie, Smithon, Launceston and Lithgow and NSW,” Stevie said.
“When I first started karting, I was usually in the middle of the pack, but I was pretty determined to get to the top. We competed every weekend.
“I had two seasons with the help of a range of sponsors including: Daniel Sutcliffe Earthmoving, Cooleys Cartage, Dobsons Granite and Marble, and AngryMan photography.”
Stevie has competed in many state titles in Tasmania even though some haven’t been blue ribbon events.
There’s no doubt about it, Stevie loves the thrill of the race.
“I love racing. It’s just the adrenalin rush and being able to do freely something that I enjoy.
Mum Paula gets worried and nervous, “but she knows deep down I’m safe.”
Stevie, who is in Grade 9 at Dominic College is looking to progress from the current speedway sedans into Formula 500s and then sprint cars.
But for now, she is focused on going on to university to study para medicine.
“I want to be a paramedic and am really interested in that field of medicine.”
At school she is studying psychology and sociology courses as well as a first aid course. The paramedicine degree is at least a three-year course along with nursing which can be undertaken in Tasmania.
As Brighton Community News is being distributed, Stevie will be competing in the State titles at Carrick Speedway, and she is hoping for a top five place. We hope you win, Stevie.