Mohammed Ben Sulayem and the whole Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge team would like to express their sadness at the news that regular competitor, German Amadeus Matzker has tragically lost his life in an accident while in the Sahara Desert.

Matzker was a regular competitor over the years in the UAE, placing thirteenth overall on his last visit to the Desert Challenge in 2014 (pictured), at the wheel of his Land Rover Defender.

Matzker was a keen rally racer and businessman, and is survived by his wife and son. Our thoughts are with them at this sad time.