Junior drag racing suspended after fatal crash

Anita Board, of Aubin Grove, Western Australia, was performing a solo test run in the hopes of qualifying for a full racing licence, when her vehicle slammed into a wall.

She was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries and later died, according to the Australian National Drag Racing Association, which sanctions motorsports in the country.

A LITTLE girl who loved motorsports died in her first ever drag racing crash just four days after her eighth birthday.

"I was unaware that there was junior drag racing", he added.

"The Australian National Drag Racing Association is deeply saddened to confirm the passing of junior dragster competitor Anita Board following an on-track incident during an event held at the Perth Motorplex on the 11th of November", the group said in a statement.

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

Her father Ian Board said Anita had a "passion" for motorsport and was excited to get on the track. The government "will wait until the details of the accident are clear" before taking action, the announcement said. "We don't believe there needs to be a major change", Board said at the press conference.

Racers between eight and 10 can travel as as fast as 96km/h (60mph) but it is understood the maximum speed of vehicles driven by beginners are much lower. Its rules also state that drivers between the ages of eight and 10 years old may not exceed 60 miles per hour. Anita was driving Saturday to qualify for her junior drag racing license, which more than 100 children in Australia already have, The West Australian reported.

"Everyone at the Australian National Drag Racing Association extends its honest and deepest condolences to Anita's family, friends and the wider drag racing community at this tragic time".

The girl's father, Ian Board, posted a message online saying "my heart [is] in a million pieces".

Vanessa Coleman