When the 25th edition of the Sertões Rally was announced, it would not have come at a better time for Michel Terpins. This is because as a member of the Bull Sertões Rally Team, he was confident that he had practiced enough and unlike the previous edition when he had just paired up with his navigator Maykel Justo they had had the time to practice together. Since then they had perfected their communication and worked through some of the challenges they had faced during the previous edition of the rally. This edition will take competitors through four cities of Goiás Goiânia, Santa Therezinha de Goiás, Goianésia, and Aruanã, one of the sites in the state of Mato Grosso (Barra do Garças) and the other three in Mato Grosso do Sul (Coxim, Aquidauana, and Bonito). The 25th edition will be marked by a new and challenging route that will ensure completing the circuit will be no mean task. The route will give fans of the sport a feel of the rally in the different states and cities while at the same time open them up to new possibilities a practice that has become synonymous with the Brazilian racing culture. The 3300 Kilometer route covers every kind of terrain that can be found in Brazil and the challenges that the drivers will face will ensure that only the best shine in the event.
Michel Terpins will be onboard the T-rex #322 his official racing car as a member of the Bull Sertões Rally Team. His navigator Maykel Justo is confident that this time with the improvements that the T-Rex has undergone and they improved communication skills they can be able to produce better results for the team. Michel Terpins has his eyes set on winning more stages of the circuit this way even with an unexpected occurrence in the last few stages they can leverage on the performance they will have produced in their earlier stages. This strategy has already proved to be workable as observed in the 24th edition when despite only winning the second stage the team was able to secure position five overall.
In Brazilian rally sport, the name Terpins is a name to reckon; one hand for Michel Terpins and the for Terpins brothers. Michel Terpins is well known as the Brazilian driver to have not only participated but also won most of the competitions that he has participated in. After joining hands with his brother in 2015 and starting to use T-Rex, Michel has landed some podiums. T-Rex has also handed him some awesome classifications.
Together with his brother Rodrigo, Justo, Michel has been involved in several competitions. One of the races that the Bull Sertoes team took part in is the 22nd Sertoes rally edition. Michel Terpins competed in T1 prototype category and was ranked the seventh. This was a race that required skills and caution as the terrain was a tough one.
Michel’s team won the second stage of the24th edition of Sertoes Rally. He was placed at number five on winning. The team has another opportunity to showcase their car’s power and their expertise in the 25th edition of Sertoes rally. This year’s edition is already in the headlines that considering it as one of the longest off-road events in Brazil. The edition will cover over 3300 km of road.
At first, Michel was a motorcyclist, and in 2002 he made his debut on Sertoes Rally grid. On his debut, he did not appear on the podium, but his performance predicted a long and very successful career ahead. Michel Terpins later shifted to automobiles and joining his brother Rodrigo, who is also a car rally driver. The advances he has made over the past years have helped Michel Terpin win several stages and remain relevant in Brazilian Championship of Cross Rally County.
Coming from a family that loves sports, car racing has been Michel’s passion. He enjoys every race he is involved in. The team is always prepared for all the known and unknown challenges. The one thing that keeps Michel Terpins moving is the T-Rex. MEM motorsport has meticulously designed the car. At 40 years, Michel Terpins has more races to take part in as the age does not seem to slow him.
Many kids wanted to become race car drivers. It is a career that is full of adrenaline and seems fantastic from an average racing sports lover. However, there is more to being a rally driver than meets the eye. Michel Terpins is acutely aware of this since he is one of the most well-known rally drivers in Brazil. At the moment he is a part of the Bull Sertoes Rally Team, and this forty-year-old is not complaining about his life or old age.
He was among those rally drivers who took part in the Sertoes Rally celebrating the 25th time the rally was on. His navigator for the race was Maykel Justo, and they were able to finish among the top five racers. They won two stages out of possible three and were only slower because of technical issues. It was a three hundred and six hundred kilometre distance between Santa Terezinha de Goias to Aruana that had an impact on his final time, but Michel Terpins is not complaining about it.
He is one of the top rally drivers and is a familiar face for everybody who is a Sertoes Rally fan and has been in the business from the early two thousand. Michel raced motorcycles and then joined his brother who is also a racer.
Michel Terpins knows how crucial it is to work hard and how much attention he has to pay during every race and he wants to inspire other people to start racing as well. It is not a dull career, and he loves it. He also enjoys his connection to the fans of the sport. His name is well known in Brazil, and that is fine. It’s resilience and dedication that helped him succeed climbing the ladder of popularity and progress through various races over the years, and he doesn’t want to stop.
There are people who would say that he has had an easy life but anybody who knows anything about driving a race car off road will be able to attest that it takes a lot of mental and physical readiness to be able to race. The reaction time must be very fast and the team-mates must trust one another to work as a well-oiled machine.