The World Rally Championship candidate event in Bulgaria was cancelled over the weekend after a fatal accident during the seventh stage.

The Peugeot 207 S2000 driver by Swiss driver Brian Lavio went off the road during the stage on Sunday morning and hit a rock on the side of the road.

While Lavio was taken to hospital following the incident, Italian co-driver Flavio Gugelmini succumbed to injuries he sustained when the car went off the road.

The event, part of the European Rally Championship, was halted following the accident.

Bulgaria is due to join the WRC next season, having been handed a provisional slot on the calendar for the 2010 campaign.