The rally driving scene in Brazil has grown tremendously in recent years. Among the most popular events in the country’s rallying calendar is the Sertoes Rally. The rally has consistently been held for more than a decade and attracts drivers in different categories, including cars, motorcycles, and UTVs. One of the winners within this year’s categories of cars is Michel Terpins. The veteran driver took the lead early on in the T1 prototype category and did not once relinquish it.
Michel Terpins win was the first in ten attempts of trying. He first took part in the Sertoes rally in 2002 where he raced in the motorcycle category. In all the editions he has taken part in since Terpins has raced in the T1 category with a modified T-Rex from the MEM motorsport support team. By winning the 2017 Sertoes Rally, Michel Terpins has also risen to the National Cross Country Championship overseen by the Brazilian Automobile Confederation (CBA).
The Sertoes rally, if anything, is known for its complexity and thrill. With seven stages covering thousands of kilometers, the race has claimed many drivers. The hardest stage of the rally is the 3rd stage which is also known as the marathon stage. Over the entire course of the stage, drivers are not allowed to ask for any external mechanical assistance. Consequently, making it through this section requires not only speed but also restrain and durability. A testament to his driving skills, Michel Terpins took the lead during this third section.
In highlighting Terpins’s big win, it is important not to forget to mention his co-driver, Maykel Justo. The equally experienced Justo has taken part in multiple races over the course of his rally career. Over the last two Sertoes rally editions where they have worked together, the undeniable chemistry between Justo and Terpins had been clear for all to see.
Michel Terpins is also quite fortunate to have a strong support team behind him in the Bull Sertoes Team. He founded the team a few years ago with his elder brother, Rodrigo Terpins, who also happens to be a rally driver.