Girl, 8, dies after crashing during drag race practice

Girl, 8, dies after crashing during drag race practice

Anita lost control of her vehicle at the end of her solo run.

An eight-year-old girl has died after crashing her junior dragster during her first official test run in the West Australia capital of Perth, police said Monday.

Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray announced the suspension for all racers aged between eight and 16 pending the results of a police investigation into the crash at Perth Motorplex on Saturday.

The Australian National Drag Racing Association offered its condolences to Anita's family.

Speaking to the press, Anita's father Ian Broad described her as having "a bright, bubbly personality" with an "infectious" smile.

But in the first race she wore that helmet - a trial that should have qualified her to compete in the Australian National Drag Racing Association's (ANDRA) junior competition - Anita died.

"Our baby girl is getting the best of care", he said. (9NEWS) The Board family said they don't believe in the need for major changes to drag racing for children.

Racing was suspended whilst police investigated the crash.

"I was very surprised. but in saying that, from my understanding, it was well controlled but an unfortunate accident", he said.

ANDRA rules state that racers aged between eight and 10 can not exceed 96km/h.

"We can't wrap our kids up in cotton wool but we do need to make sure we are protecting them and they aren't taking unnecessary risks". "I think that would strike anyone as an extraordinary speed for an eight-year-old to be doing", he concluded.

Anita Board was killed on Saturday when the dragster that she was driving careered into a concrete wall at the Perth Motorplex, leading many to question why children so young were allowed to take part in such a unsafe activity.

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".

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