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Posted by: Charles Nov 12 2017, 09:06 AM
Eight-year-old girl fights for life after crash at Perth Motorplex in Kwinana

Saturday, 11 November 2017 6:28PM
1:33 | 7 News

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Drag racing fanatics have defended their high-octane sport after an eight-year-old girl was critically injured when the machine she was driving crashed today at the Perth Motorplex at Kwinana.

It is believed the girl, whose name has not been released, lost control of the dragster just before 2pm and slammed into a wall near an exit gate.
The impact was so great she had to be revived at the crash scene by paramedics who were on duty at the event.

An ambulance spokesman said she was taken to Rockingham Hospital before being transferred to Princess Margaret Hospital in a critical condition.
It is believed the girl was attempting to do a solo drive, which is required for young drag racers wanting to be licensed and then compete in future events.

VenuesWest confirmed that no other vehicles were involved and that it was helping WA Police investigate the incident.

The girl comes from a drag racing family and their Facebook page has numerous videos and posts of the young girl in and around drag cars.

One video shows the girl practising her drag starts out of the family’s garage under the watchful eye of her father.

On its Facebook page, Perth Motorplex said police attended and on their advice racing was suspended.

Mike Sprlyan, of Junior Dragster Australia, said it was not unusual for an eight-year-old to get behind the wheel.

He said competitors in junior drag racing ranged in age from 8 to 17 and were placed in three classes depending on experience.

The beginners drive what are known as "tin pots" that can reach top speeds of 40-50km/h, he said.

He said the injured girl would have only driven "half track" as she was only participating in a solo pass to obtain her licence. It’s not known if this was the first time she had driven at Motorplex.

Motorplex reopened the track and racing resumed just after 5pm.

A statement issued by the venue said police had "completed their investigations".

"We thank all patrons and participants for their patience and understanding. Our thoughts are with the driver and family," the statement said.

Call me old-fashioned, but I think 8 is far too young to be driving drag racers.

Posted by: Flin Nov 12 2017, 10:25 AM
I think watching a bunch of kids going 45kmh would not be especially entertaining. I guess it gives an opportunity to go to the toilet and get a hot dog.
I hope the little girl has a full recovery.

Posted by: Bill Nov 12 2017, 12:27 PM
Eight year olds compete in motocross and go-carting, and have done for years.

I'm with Charles, sort of. No eight year old has the mental development to undertake those sort of activities. All the little girl would have possessed is an ignorance of her own mortality.

I hope she pulls through, and that her parents recognize how special she is to them.

Posted by: Phillip J. Nov 12 2017, 07:19 PM
Sadly, the news tonight said that the little girl passed away.

Posted by: Charles Nov 13 2017, 05:02 PM
Sad news indeed. It has prompted the State Government to consider changing legislation regarding young children operating drag racers.

State Government to consider changing drag racing rules after Anita Board’s death at Perth Motorplex

Dylan Caporn
Monday, 13 November 2017 12:01PM

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Anita Board lost her fight for life in hospital on Sunday.

The State Government will consider changing drag racing rules which allow children as young as eight to participate, acting Premier Roger Cook has revealed.

Speaking this morning after the death of eight-year-old Anita Board at Perth Motorplex, Mr Cook said the Government needed the revisit the rules.

Anita’s hopes of qualifying for a junior dragster licence took a terrible turn on Saturday, with the eight-year-old’s dragster ‘Pony Power’ slamming into a wall at the track.

“We need to look at the full range of safety measures that are in place,” Mr Cook said.

“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 was unaware that there was junior drag racing.

“I’ve spent some time with the junior speedway group and I’ve been impressed with the way they put safety measures in place and make sure that they only undertake modified control of these vehicles.”

Under current rules, junior drag racers as young as eight are able to participate up to speeds of 96km an hour.

“96km/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.

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