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Junior drag auto driver Anita Board dies after Perth Motorplex crash

Junior drag auto driver Anita Board dies after Perth Motorplex crash

Eight-year-old Anita Board is fighting for her life in Perth after she crashed her auto in a junior drag racing competition on Saturday.

A young girl has died after sustaining life-threatening injuries, after she lost control of her drag-racing auto and crashed into a cement barrier during a test run at Perth Motorplex on Saturday.

The young girl was injured during a junior event at the venue.

She died in Western Australia's Princess Margaret Hospital for Children on Sunday.

Anita comes from an experienced local drag racing family and was driving her own purple pony themed dragster (pictured) at the time of the crash.

"Everyone at [ANDRA] extends their honest and deepest condolences to Anita's family, friends and the wider drag racing community at this tragic time", a spokeswoman said.

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The Broad family has a Facebook page dedicated to racing, with Anita's father posting a message overnight saying "my heart [is] in a million pieces".

'We'd like to thank our family and friends and our motorsport family for the love and support'.

Police say they would like to speak with anyone who saw or took video of the crash, which happened at the end of Anita's run.

According to ANDRA, a junior driver has to be a minimum of eight years old to obtain a competition licence.

'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 racing organisation said in a statement.


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