6.56 My cell phone rings, I look at my phone, it says a very large number and below, the Arab Emirates, I attend and it is my friend Charmaine, she tells me very upset Are you sleeping? laughing, I tell her I’m falling asleep, I thought we were going to talk about Supercross as usual, but she tells me, Goncalvez died, Goncalvez died and I said OK, we’ll talk later … and I felt that it is a race that does not make sense, that the pilots should not continue … a charismatic, nice guy I will not say much more just that another pilot has left in a Dakar, I do not want to be the guy who says speak with him or tell a personal anecdote, that does not matter to anyone, the news is not us, is that another driver has died in this race wherever he goes takes pilots, as if he had a curse, since he began taking his own creator
Paulo Gonçalves has died this Sunday during the seventh stage of the Dakar rally, according to the organization of the rally.
The 40-year-old Portuguese driver suffered a very hard accident at about kilometer 263 of the stage between Riyadh and Wadi Al Dawasir (Saudi Arabia), which had the longest timed stretch of the entire rally, with a total of 546 kilometers of competition
After the accident, which caused a cardiorespiratory arrest, the assists have tried to resuscitate him in situ. Afterwards, the Portuguese was taken by helicopter to the LAYLA hospital , where his death was certified.
Gonçalves, a native of Esposende, participated for the thirteenth time in the toughest rally in the world and, for the first time, did it with the Indian motorcycle brand Hero , after having previously competed with the Japanese Honda, with which in 2015 he was second in the Dakar, the best result of his career. In his record also highlighted the two stages won in the test, one in 2011 and another in 2015, in Uyuni.