Victoria’s motor racing community is in mourning after two competitors were killed in a collision during an off-road race in Victoria’s northwest.

Their vehicle veered off the track in the tiny town of Rainbow, crashed into a tree and burst into flames on Sunday.

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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 400km 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.

The motor racing community is in mourning after a double fatality in Rainbow. Credit: 7NEWS

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“Motorsport Australia confirms that a double fatality occurred on Sunday 4 September 2022, during the second day of the Rainbow Desert Enduro in Victoria,” the statement read.

“Motorsport Australia extends its condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.“Motorsport Australia is currently providing support to event organisers and those at the event, with Victoria Police currently in attendance at the scene.

“As these investigations remain ongoing, Motorsport Australia is not able to provide any further comment or detail at this time.”

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