Michel Terpins is a 40-year-old rally driver and competitor of the prototype T1 category who hails from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Michel Terpins currently leads as the Brazilian Cross Country Rally in Prototypes (Vinícius Branca / Fotop). In 2015, Terpins was ranked as the runner-up for the Cross Country Rally. His rally partner is Maykel Justo aged 37 from the Bull Sertões Rally Team. Terpins and Justo won the second stage of the Sertões Rally 24th edition and ranked fifth in the overall standings.
Michael Terpin and Maykel Justo
The pair remained focused during 25th edition of the Sertões Rally which was held in Goiânia on 19th August 2017. The 25-year edition covered 3,300.06 kilometers and the competitors of motorcycles, UTVs and quadricycles competed for the Prologue, in a circuit of 6 kilometers in Alpha City Goiás. Since 2015, when Michel formed the duo, he has been participating in several competitions aboard his T-Rex and achieved excellent classifications and several podiums. On board the T-Rex # 322, to date the pair have won two of the four stages to date, and lead in the category prototype T1 (13h52min47), with a gain of almost 2 hours compared to the second place in the category.
The Team’s Rally Preparation
The duo’s car was prepared with a v8 engine in ethanol. The #322 car of the pair received the Carbon Free seal of the Green Initiative. In other words, the carbon which was emitted by the vehicle during the seven stages will be compensated through the plantation of trees in the Atlantic Forest. On 23rd August, during the 4th stage the pair closed in 6th in the Prototypes on the way from Aruanã to Barra do Garças, 471.34km, with the time of 2h07min24. On Thursday 26th August, the pair faced the most significant Rally Special, with 438.86 km.
The 5th stage had 666 km from Barra do Garças (MT) to Coxim (MS), with stones, piçarra, and trial along the way. This year the race took place in the Midwest, in the states of Mato Grosso, Goiás, and Mato Grosso do Sul. According to the duo, Sertões is the most awaited and enjoyable rally event of the year, and they ensure that they have a very robust car.