Junior Drag Cr Driver, 8, Dies In Australia Crash

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

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

"Tragically, the eight-year-old girl involved in a crash at the Kwinana Motorplex. has died as a result of the injuries she sustained", the statement said.

The Australian National Drag Racing Association (ANDRA) later released a statement, saying it was "deeply saddened" by the tragedy.

Anita Board, 8, was attempting a solo practice drive at the Perth Motorplex, a requirement to obtain a licence so she could compete in future junior drag racing events, when tragedy struck on Saturday afternoon.

"We will need. the love and support in the days weeks months ahead", he wrote in local community forum.

"Our baby girl is getting the best of care", he said.

"We are all hurting at this time", Ian Board said from Princess Margaret Hospital as his family kept vigil with Anita last night.

Anita, who turned eight on Thursday, lost control of her dragster just before 2pm yesterday and reportedly slammed into a wall near an exit gate.

Anita was listed on a Motorplex program of events as an entrant in the Goldenstates championships, driving a 210cc dragster.

"ANDRA will continue to work with VenuesWest and continue to assist police with their investigations while supporting Anita's family". "I don't know why she was taken so young, but at least it was doing something she loved".

According to ANDRA, a junior driver must be a minimum of eight years old to obtain a competition licence. Racers aged between eight and 10 must not exceed 96km/h, but it is understood the top speeds of vehicles driven by beginners are much lower.

"We thank all patrons and participants for their patience and understanding".

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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