WA child drag racer's death mourned

November 13, 2017

The family and friends of eight-year-old drag racer Anita Board are mourning her death in Perth.

A Perth family is mourning the death of an eight-year-old drag racer who crashed while trying to get her racing licence just days after becoming old enough to compete.

Anita Board crashed into a cement barrier at Perth Motorplex in Kwinana while going for her licence at the Goldenstates Junior Dragster event on Saturday afternoon.

She died in Princess Margaret Hospital for Children on Sunday.

Anita lost control of her vehicle at the end of her solo run. No other dragsters were on the track.

According to the Australian National Drag Racing Association rule book, the minimum age to race is eight, which Anita turned on Thursday.

The motorsports-loving Board family, from Aubin Grove, said on their Facebook page that she celebrated her birthday by going go-karting to get more practice before trying to secure her licence.

The page shows Anita with a 210CC purple dragster called "Pony Power" emblazoned with the My Little Pony character Rainbow Dash, while her older sister Zara has a blue-streaked dragster named "Night Fury".

Before Anita's death, their father Ian J Board posted a photo of the girls in a car, saying "Our angel setting (out) on what was meant to be (a) day to remember for all the right reasons. My heart in a million pieces atm (at the moment)."

Police want to speak with anyone who saw or took video of the crash and are preparing a report for the coroner.

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