Paulo Gonçalves gained a lot of attention during the Dakar Rally 2014 for the wrong reasons. However his overall victory in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge for Team HRC will surely go a long way to helping the Portuguese veteran forget those tears of defeat and gain confidence for the Dakar Rally 2015.
Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge is first round of the 2014 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship, Paulo Gonçalves wins the race and is first leader of the season. Joan Barreda won three stages and finishes in third place. Hélder Rodrigues takes fourth position in last stage and finishes in 7th place in overall.