Government steps in and takes firm action following the death of 8-year-old drag racer


The minimum age requirement to drag race under national rules in West Australia is eight.

Anita Board reached that milestone only days before her fatal crash at Perth Motorplex. She lost control of her junior dragster during a "test run" and crashed into a concrete wall. While she initially survived the wreck, she died one day later at Princesses Margaret Hospital for Children due to injuries sustained in the crash, according to Daily Mail.

Now the Australian Government has announced that junior drag racing has been temporarily halted at Perth Motorplex, which is the only location in Western Australia that hosts junior drag racing events.


"The suspension of this category of motorsport activity allows for a full investigation to be carried out into the nature of the accident," said Western Australia's Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray. "The State Government will wait until the details of the accident are clear following the investigation before taking any further action."

It's unclear how fast Board was going in her junior dragster when she collided with the concrete barrier, but her vehicle was capable of reaching speeds up to 31 mph.

Board's funeral was held on November 23rd at Perth Motorplex. Approximately 600 people attended the funeral services held at the very place where Board lost her life, according to The Western Australian.

"To know Anita Board was to love her," said Frank Pansini, who's the principal of the primary school that Board attended."Her bubbly personality, her infectious smile and her tenacious will to succeed meant she was a very special young girl with an irresistible personality, who was a favorite of all who knew her."