Michel Terpins is a rally driver hailing from Brazil. Now aged 40, the experienced rally driver specializes in the T1 prototype category although he has previously raced in the motorcycle category. Over the course of his extensive career that spans more than a decade, Terpins has placed highly in numerous rallies across the country. He has, however, chiefly taken part in the annual Sertoes Rally with his first participation coming in 2002.
Winner of the 2017 Edition of the Sertoes Rally
The 2017 edition of the Sertoes rally was billed as the toughest edition yet. The rally featured a total of seven sections covering approximately 3,300 kilometers while cutting across a number of states in the country. Taking part in his tenth edition of the rally and firmly at the top of the National Cross Country Championships in his category, Michel Terpins convincingly won the rally. He first took the lead during the marathon section of the rally and held on to it till the very end. The win was longtime coming as Terpins had come close on a number of occasions.
Co-Driver Maykel Justo
It is no coincidence that much of Michel Terpins’s recent rallying success has come while being navigated by Maykel Justo. The experienced co-driver first started working with Terpins about two years ago. Before that, he navigated for both rally cars and trucks. This versatile background has particularly come in handy with Terpins modified T-Rex rally car from the MEM Motorsport management team.
Passionate about the Environment
Following closely after his love for rally driving is a strong passion for the environment. Together with Rodrigo, the two Terpins brothers has strongly cast their support behind the 20×20 initiative aimed at restoring 20 million hectares of deforested land before 2020. Most other countries in Latin America have already joined the initiative, and the Terpins brothers have strongly been lobbying for Brazil to do the same.
On a personal touch, Michel Terpins has after the last two Sertoes rally editions planted numbers of trees equivalent to the carbon dioxide emissions .by his rally car