Junior drag racing suspended at Kwinana Motorplex

Police at the scene of the incident in Perth which left a girl in a critical condition

Anita Board suffered "severe injuries" in the collision at the Perth Motorplex yesterday and died later at Princess Margaret Hospital.

"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 11 November", the racing body said in a statement today.

AN eight-year-old girl who was critically injured in a horror crash at a junior drag racing trial run in Perth has tragically died in hospital.

Mick Murray, who is Sport and Recreation Minister, has made a decision to immediately halt youth drag racing pending a police investigation.

Police said they were investigating the cause of the accident.

The impact was so great, Anita had to be revived at the scene before she was rushed to Rockingham Hospital. Junior drag racers must be aged at least eight to take part in the sport according to rules of the drag racing association. The vehicles can reach about 60mph.

Her father, Ian, said her death was a "one in a million event", adding: "Our baby girl Anita had a bright, bubbly personality and her smile was infectious".

"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".

He said: "Her passion for motor sport, drag racing and being here with her sister at the track was the highlight of her life".

"96km an hour seems an extraordinary speed to me, I think that would strike anyone as an extraordinary speed for an eight year old to be doing", Mr Cook said. We do understand that there'll need to be a couple of changes, we don't believe there needs to be a major change. "ANDRA regulations for junior competition are benchmarked against similar organisations internationally".

The sport's governing body, ANDRA, has confirmed it will also carry out its own investigation once the police report has concluded.

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