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Father pays tribute to 'loveable' rally driver daughter - full report

The father of a woman from Northamptonshire who died in a vintage rally crash has paid tribute to his daughter.

Mother of two, Emma Wilkinson, from Brigstock near Corby, was killed while taking part in the Peking to Paris motor challenge.

It's been described as the longest and toughest challenge for vintage car drivers. Emma's father John Wilkinson, has described his daughter as a 'very loveable person'.

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Father pays tribute to rally crash woman

The father of the Northamptonshire woman who died in the Peking to Paris rally crash has paid tribute to his "lovable" daughter.

Emma Wilkinson, 46, of Brigstock, a mother of two, died in the collision in Siberia while driving in the vintage rally with her partner Peter Davies.

Her father John Wilkinson, who lives in Desborough, Northamptonshire, with Emma's mother Pamela, said:

She was a very lovable person. She would help anybody. She was a real worker and had hundreds of friends. Everybody loved her.

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Neighbours pay tribute to rally death woman

Emma Wilkinson died in a head on crash while taking part in the Peking to Paris rally. Credit: ERA

Neighbours in Brigstock, Northamptonshire, where Emma Wilkinson lived, spoke of their shock at the news of her death while taking part in the Peking to Paris rally.

Paying tribute to Ms Wilkinson, one neighbour said: "All I can say is that she was a bubbly, vibrant woman."

The neighbour, who did not want to be named, said Ms Wilkinson had been working hard on growing a vineyard on land near her home.

The neighbour added: "She was always smiling and friendly.

"She was a lovely person and it's just very sad. A tragedy for all her family."

Another neighbour, who lives close to the new property, said: "She was a very lovely person, full of life. There was something very much revitalising about her.

"She has two lovely children - a daughter and a younger son.

"I spoke to her before her trip and she was so excited about going."

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Police: 'Driver may have fallen asleep' in rally crash

Police officers believe the driver of the Polo that crashed into Emma Wilkinson's car may have fallen asleep at the wheel.

After careering across the road into the path of the oncoming Chevrolet, there were no skid marks and traffic was very light, Tyumen region police said

Emma Wilkinson's car, a 1970 Chevrolet C10, while taking part in a vintage rally. Credit: Gerard Brown/Endurance Rally Association/PA Wire

Ms Wilkinson was with her partner and fellow participant Peter Davies when the accident occurred on the Tyumen to Omsk federal highway yesterday.

Mr Davies was not injured but a 31-year-old man and a baby who were passengers in the other vehicle were killed while a woman is in intensive care in hospital, Tyumen region police said.