Junior drag racing suspended at Kwinana Motorplex

Junior drag racing suspended at Kwinana Motorplex

Junior drag racing suspended at Kwinana Motorplex

Anita Board, 8, was attempting a solo practice drive at the Perth Motorplex, a requirement to obtain a licence so she could compete in future junior drag racing events, when tragedy struck on Saturday afternoon.

The girl's father spoke to media in Australia on Monday, with Ian Board saying: "The history speaks for itself and sadly this one-in-a-million event happened to us, to our little girl".

An eight-year-old girl has died after crashing her junior drag racing auto on a track in Western Australia.

"Police are now at the scene and on their advice racing has been suspended until further notice".

Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray said the McGowan Government is deeply saddened by this tragic accident.

"It's not just the junior drag racing that will be affected by this, but junior speedway, junior bikes, motocross, all those sports from people who want to be negative and just don't understand".

"Remind them that you love them", Ian Board said.

Acting premier of Western Australia, Roger Cook, spoke about the possibility of raising the participation age.

"We were blessed to have eight years with her".

It's not known how fast she was driving, but her vehicle was capable of reaching speeds up to 96 km/h.

And Murray told local media, he too was surprised that children so young were allowed to race and that the government was taking a "hard look" at the rules.

Video from Anita's birthday celebrations last week showed the little girl barely able to contain her excitement as she unwrapped her new, and very own, racing helmet. And her father said it was his belief that she would remain protected in the sport.

"Anita was passionate about drag racing and was excited to be joining her sister at the track to race".

Her father Ian J Board posted a photo of Anita, and her sister Zara, in a vehicle saying 'Our angel setting out on what was meant to be a day to remember for all the right reasons.

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