Two killed competing in off-road race

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Two people have died in a collision during an off-road motorsport race in Victoria's northwest.

Their vehicle veered off the track, crashed into a tree and burst into flames on Sunday.

The driver and passenger both died at the scene. They have not been publicly identified.

The crash happened just after 9am at the Rainbow Desert Enduro event around 400 kilometres from Melbourne.

Some 63 teams were competing in the two-day event, which involved multiple laps of a 75km course.

It was the first time Rainbow had hosted the race since the beginning of the pandemic.

Motorsport Australia initially suspended the event and later confirmed it had been abandoned.

In a statement, the organisation said it was providing support to event organisers and attendees while police investigated the incident.

It extended its condolences to the family and friends of the pair.