Dear Junior Drag Racing families,
We thought we would provide a brief update on the state of Junior Drag Racing in WA, and the progress being made with the investigation surrounding Anita’s incident.
Police investigators from the Coronial Investigations Unit submitted their report to the WA Coroner on 23 May. The Coroner is now reviewing the report, and has the opportunity to ask questions of the investigators to clarify the content of the report. Once the report has been reviewed by the Coroner, we understand that one of two actions may be taken:
1. Coroner will deliver a final report with recommendations; or
2. Coroner may require a Coronial Inquest.
There is no time frame set down for the Coroner to act.
At the same time as the report was submitted, the Minister for Sport has held meetings with ANDRA as well as Sonja and myself. VenuesWest (Perth Motorplex) were in attendance for each meeting as well.
Through each meeting, a range of topics were discussed with a focus on junior drag racing and what it will take to get the kids back on the track. In addition, all have discussed ways that we can assist in accelerating the process.
Working together with us, the Minister for Sport, ANDRA, and VenuesWest are exhausting all avenues to gain access to the report. The Coroners Act, which protects access to the report, is very tight. Thus far, all requests to access the report and recommendations have been rejected. Some avenues still exist and are being explored, but we are also being careful not to be seen to be impeding the process.
As well as these meetings, we continue to receive regular updates from the police investigations unit liaison, and are confident we have the most up to date information, which we have now shared with you.
We will happily update everyone as more information comes to light. At this point in time, we continue to be grateful for the support we have received from the drag racing family, and ask that everyone remain patient as the process continues, knowing that we are doing all we can to get a speedy resolution.
Ian and Sonja Board
Ian and Sonja Board
Junior of the Month Date of Birth – 25-08-2006 Bobbie started Motorsports in Motocross at the age of 4 years old and was quite successful with her racing on the dirt until she had an injury and felt that Junior Drag Racing would be a safer option . At 8 years of age Bobbie was licensed in C/JD and ran for one season before having a break from Juniors for 18 months. Bobbie returned to Juniors in a car that she was fortunate to Lend from Trapnell Family Racing until she could take delivery of her older sister Taylah-Leigh’s car when she aged out of A/JD. With the help and assistance of Dylan Leo and Taylah-Leigh , Bobbie was able to transition smoothly into her new car and run in B/JD that she is currently campaigning and loving. Drag Racing is a fantastic sport for Bobbie as she has been diagnosed with Autism and High Anxiety. As team sports are a very difficult thing for Bobbie to Process and participate in Drag Racing offers Bobbie a sport that she is comfortable to participate in surrounding herself with great people. Bobbies future goals are to enjoy Juniors and one day move up to Nitro Categories. Bobbies Drag Racing Idol is Kelly Bettes.