Eight-Year-Old Anita Board Has Died In Hospital

Race Car Driver, 8, Dies After Slamming Her Car into Cement Barrier

Anita Board died after losing control of her vehicle crashing into a concrete barrier during a solo test run at Perth Motorplex at the Goldenstates Junior Dragster event.

"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. She died later from her injuries.

Police said they were investigating the cause of the accident.

She had just turned eight - the minimum age required to race under official rules - and was driving a 210cc dragster, local media reported.

"The state government will wait until the details of the accident are clear following the investigation before taking any further action".

Before Anita's death, their father Ian J Board posted a photo of the girls in a vehicle, saying 'Our angel setting (out) on what was meant to be (a) day to remember for all the right reasons.

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.

Andra said in a statement: "Anita was undergoing a licensing pass at the Perth Motorplex, as part of the process for her to receive her racing licence, when this tragic accident happened".

Mike Sprlyan, of Junior Dragster Australia, told Perth Now it was not unusual for an eight-year-old to get behind the wheel of what is referred to as a "tin pot", a beginners machine that can reach top speeds of 40-50km/h.

WA division director of ANDRA Terry Jongen said: "ANDRA regulations for Junior competition are benchmarked against similar organisations internationally and safety is always the priority".

Junior drag racers are allowed to drive at speeds of up to almost 100km per hour under current legislation.

"Police will prepare a report for the Coroner".

Related News: