The death of an eight-year-old girl who crashed while trying to obtain her junior drag racing licence has prompted the West Australian government to increase the minimum age to 10, but her grieving father says it's unnecessary.
Anita Board slammed into a concrete barrier at Perth Motorplex in November 2017 - two days after she reached the then-minimum age to apply for a competition licence.
After crossing the finish line in her "Pony Power" dragster, which was emblazoned with pictures of her favourite My Little Pony character, Anita didn't slow down enough before turning sharply in a bid to exit the track through a gate.
Her father Ian Board largely blames volunteer track official Shaun Rosling who came onto the track and told the inquest he signalled Anita to slow down.
Mr Board said he and his 14-year-old daughter Zara saw Mr Rosling then wave Anita towards the gate.
"He wasn't supposed to be on the track," Mr Board told AAP on Thursday.
"Normally, it's 100 per cent up to the driver to be in control of the situation.
"We still believe, and other witnesses believe, she would have gone straight."
He said Anita had been trained to drive past the gate if she was going too fast to make a turn and children were taught to listen to the instructions of officials.
Mr Board said he fully backed the WA government adopting all of Coroner Sarah Linton's recommendations including improvements in venue infrastructure and training programs, and implementing additional safety measures.
But he opposed lifting the age requirement, which the coroner didn't recommend.
Mr Board said the family put forward many of the recommendations to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray three months after the accident but he wanted to wait for the coroner's expert opinion and suspended junior drag racing in the meantime.
That had held up the sport for almost two years and while a handful of competitors flew interstate to race, many couldn't afford it.
Zara secured her first national win in Victoria on the anniversary of her sister's death.
"There was not a dry eye in the house," Mr Board said.
"We could have spent thousands on a counsellor but it (racing) was more therapeutic for her."
Children would now turn to go-karting, junior motorbike racing and junior speedway, which had a minimum competing age of five, Mr Board said.
He said he would have liked Anita to have been allowed to walk the track before her attempt to familiarise her with the area, but this was not permitted because she was previously too young and organisers were "too busy" on the day.
It was allowed at other tracks in Australia, he added.
The coroner concluded Anita's death - the world's first junior drag racing fatality - came down to inexperience.
Mr Board, however, said she had been training and planning for two years.
Australian Associated Press