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Father Speaks After 8 Year Old Daughter Dies In Drag Crash

The father of an eight-year-old girl who died after crashing during a drag car race says his heart is 'in a million pieces' and has urged all parents to 'hug their little ones tight'.

Ian J Board's youngest daughter Anita passed away yesterday afternoon after losing control of her 210CC purple dragster named 'Pony Power' and crashed into a cement barrier at Perth Motorplex.

She was trying to get her racing licence at the time.

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Mr Board has posted a message on Facebook post, saying he will need 'love and support' in the 'days, weeks and months ahead.'

'Not much to say but hug your little ones tight. Remind them that you love them,'

'We know the racing family are the best bunch ever. It's the reason why our girls fell in love with the sport. It's the wonderful people not just the driving. So many messages... will get to them eventually. All the love in the world from Ian, Sonja and Zara.'

Anita had turned eight only three days earlier birthday.

The little girl passed away after suffering 'severe injuries' at Princess Margaret Hospital on Sunday.

Racing was temporarily suspended while police investigated.

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