Two people are dead after a crash during an off-road racing event in country Victoria on Sunday.

One of the vehicles left the track and crashed during section two of the Rainbow Desert Enduro at about 9am. Police said the driver and passenger, who are yet to be formally identified, died at the scene.

Organisers called off the event, which was being held in Rainbow, about four hours west of Melbourne.

Police are still investigating the exact circumstances leading up to the incident and will prepare a report for the coroner.

At least 63 crews were competing in the event, which had not been run since 2019.

According to the event schedule for Sunday, competitors were racing in either the Australian championships (five laps of the 75-kilometre course) or the Victorian championships (three laps of the 80-kilometre course), which were due to start at 8.30am and run for up to seven and a half hours for the Australian race and four and a half hours for the Victorian race.

The event is part of the Motorsport Australia off-road national championship and the Victorian off-road racing championship.

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