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8-year-old girl dies while practicing for drag racing competition

By Mason White 5:30 AM November 13, 2017
Anita Board

A young girl was looking forward to becoming a drag racing champion before she died while training for a competition.

Anita Board of Perth, Australia, was from a family of drag racers.

She was looking forward to entering the competition with her own modified 210cc engine purple car that had the words “Pony Power” on the front and sides of the vehicle.

The race took place just three days after her 8th birthday.

Board was overjoyed when she received a brand new helmet for her upcoming race as a birthday gift.

Board joined the junior drag race, which is for children from age 8 to 17. Each child is placed in one of three classes depending on their experience.

Junior drag racers can drive at speeds of up to 59 miles per hour once they turn 8 years old.

Sadly, while racing at high speeds, Board lost control of her car and she slammed into a concrete barrier at the end of the run
at the Perth Motorplex at Kwinana Beach.

She was rushed to the Princess Margaret Hospital, where she underwent emergency surgery. Sadly, she died of her injuries on Sunday.

“The reason why our girls fell in love with the sport is the wonderful people, not just the driving,” Board’s father Ian said.

Board leaves behind her devoted parents and her older sister who is also a drag racer.