Abu Dhabi, UAE, 11 April, 2014:  H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan presented trophies to the winners in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge Powered by Nissan at the official prize giving last night.

H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan and Mohammed Ben Sulayem with overall    cars winners Vladimir Vasilyev and co-driver Konstantin Zhilstov.

Sheikh Zayedwas accompanied by Mohammed Ben Sulayem, President of the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE, the rally organisers, and FIA Vice President, as competitors, officials, members of the Search and Rescue and medical teams, volunteers, and media, celebrated the conclusion of the 24th Desert Challenge.

Sulayem with the UAE’s Yahya Alhelei and co-driver Khalid Alkendi who finished fourth overall.

mong those to receive trophies from Sheikh Zayed were Russians Vladimir Vasilyev and co-driver Konstantin Zhilstov, winners of the cars title, new bikes champion Paulo Goncalves of Portugal, and quads winner Rafal Sonik of Poland.

During the event at the Centro Hotel, Yas Island, prizes were also presented to the winners in the inaugural 2013-14 UAE Desert Championship, the new series of baja rallies which is a feeder event for the Desert Challenge.

H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan and Sulayem with Jane Waugh, who collected the UAE Desert Championship Masters trophy on behalf of her husband Cameron.

The Masters trophy for the champion bike rider in the over 40s category, was received by Jane Waugh, wife of Cameron Waugh who succumbed to injuries at Mafraq Hospital, Abu Dhabi on Monday following an accident on the first special stage.

Sulayem said: “We have lost afriend who loved this sport. In the Desert Challenge, we are all part of a big family, and Cameron’s family will always be part of this.”

The 24th edition of the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge was held under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Ruler's Representative in the Western Region.

Used by the route planning team to create the desert stages,  the Nissan Patrol, “Hero of All terrain in Life”, was the official vehicle of the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge for an 11th year.

The rally’s line-up of strategic partners and supporters included the Ruler’s Court in the Western Region, Western Region Municipality, Abu Dhabi Municipality, the UAE Army, Abu Dhabi Police, Nissan, Yas Marina Circuit, ADNOC, Abu Dhabi Aviation, Al Ain Water, Abu Dhabi Waste Management, Rotana and Centro Hotels – Yas Island, Qasr Al Sarab Resort, the Tourism Development and Investment Company, TAG Heuer, Explorer and DP World.