Images, courtesy Phil Luyer, High Octane Photos.
Zara Board, the older sister of Anita Board, took out an emotional victory last evening at the Perth Motorplex’s Goldenstates event. Anita died tragically, aged just eight, in November 2017 following drag racing practice at the Kwinana venue for the sport she loved.
The accident sent shockwaves throughout the sport and prompted the West Australian Government to impose a ban on junior drag racing.
It was lifted last month after a Coroner’s report recommended a series of changes to the sport – all of which have since been implemented.
As the second anniversary of their little girl’s passing approaches, the family has proudly continued on in the sport in her memory.
And last night – November 9 – on what would have been Anita’s 10th birthday, 14-year-old local racer Zara took out the Summit Racing Equipment Junior Dragster victory, from top qualifier and fellow WA competitor Brodie Zappia.
“I am just ecstatic – this is another one for my family, another one for Anita, another one for myself; it is amazing,” said Zara, who took her first event victory on November 11 last year, at the South Coast Nationals in Victoria.
“It was awesome to get back on-track at home at the Perth Motorplex – it is really good to be able to stop my parents from having to spend so much money travelling to go racing.
“My amazing family managed to get me to the Test and Tune event on Wednesday and I worked hard to sort my lights out and stop doing red lights (jumping the start) – that was my main challenge and we managed to sort it and cut some pretty good lights today!”ZARA BOARD
“It all went smoothly and I really loved having all of my family here including all of our extended families and lots of friends; it’s just been amazing.
“My thanks to Brodie for an amazing final and for just being a really good mate to hang around and have a laugh with. That’s the best thing about our racing community – it’s all racing for sheep stations on the track but off the track you’re the best of mates.
“Anita’s birthday was on my mind a lot, of course. I wanted to win it so badly for all of the hard times my family has been through – I just wanted to give them something amazing to smile about, so it would be an amazing day for her birthday, not a sad day. Pony Power Forever!”.
Zara is supported on-track by sponsors B,L & S,G Lake Brick Carriage (Scruffy), ACS Computers, MPRINT Industries, 89 Garage Doors, Ballistic Racing, Team Wood Automotive Performance Transmission, Maxine Oppes and Redi Finance.
Joining Zara in accepting ANDRA Silver Christmas Trees on Saturday evening were her fellow Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series bracket winners: Brian Hotker (Modified Bike), Craig Caton (Super Street), Terry Phillips (Super Sedan), Angelo Locantro (Modified), Vlado Turic (Top Sportsman), Wayne Patterson (Competition Bike), Errol Quartermaine (Super Stock) and Wayne Keys (Competition).
Saturday marked round four of the national 2019/2020 Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series. It was the first national-level event run at Perth Motorplex for the Junior Dragster category since the accident.
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