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In a tragic accident at a private rally driver training session held at Pushkinskie Gory, Pskov Oblast (close to the border with Latvia), Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution cars driven by Alexey Lukyanuk and Vyzcheslav Kucheron collided head-on into each other and burned.

Alexey Lukyanuk.Both suffered serious injuries, as did Lukyanuk’s guest co-driver Nikita Gergel, while Kucheron’s regular co-driver, Alexey Lyaukhin, died.

It is reported that Lukyanuk had a fracture of the heel bone, patella, pelvis and vertebrae, while Gergel was in a serious but stable condition with open wounds and burns on 17% of the body.

Following his victory in the Canarias Rally, Lukyanuk is currently lying second in the 2017 European Rally Championship.

- Martin Holmes

Note: Photos of the two rally cars after the crash have been posted on social media, however, RallySport Magazine have decided not to publish these.

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