Eight-year-old driver killed in Australia drag race crash

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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.

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

An 8 year old girl is in a critical condition following an accident at Perth Motorplex.

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

Anita lost control of her 210cc powered dragster and slammed into a cement barrier around 12.30pm. "I don't know why she was taken so young, but at least it was doing something she loved".

The impact was so great, Anita had to be revived at the scene before she was rushed to Rockingham Hospital.

The acting premier of Western Australia, Roger Cook, said inquiries would be conducted by the coroner and the Australian National Drag Racing Association, in addition to the police investigation.

"Everyone extends their honest and deepest condolences to Anita's family, friends and the wider drag racing community at this tragic time", said an Australian National Drag Racing Association representative.

She had her own purple dragster, with the words "Pony Power" on the sides and a picture of the Rainbow Dash character from My Little Pony.

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

"Unfortunately an incident occurred during racing at Perth Motorplex this afternoon and a driver has been taken to hospital", a statement from the racetrack read.

"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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