The 25th edition of the Sertoes Rally covered three states; Mato Grosso do Sul, Matto Grosso and Goias covering over 3300 kilometers. The competition attracted 280 participants from Brazil, and other countries and categories included the UTVs, motorcycles, cars, and quadricycles. Sertoes Rally is a coveted annual event that attracts established names and rookies in the racing world across South America.
Michel Terpins competed in the T1 prototype category using a T-Rex manufactured by the MEM motorsport. Competing in the Sertoes rally is intriguing and challenging in the same measure. Michel made sure to prepare thoroughly for the race and was confident about the improved T-Rex car performance. Michel was making his tenth appearance in the competition.
Michel Terpins debut in the Sertoes Rally was in 2002. Then, he competed in the motorcycle category. In the subsequent championships, he partnered with Rodrigo Terpins, his brother under the name Bull Sertoes team in the T1 prototype championships. Over the last four years, Michel has worked with co-navigators like Taubate SP, a four-time winner in the race.
Michel Terpin’s and Justo became fifth overall in the 24th edition of the race and won the two of the three stages in their category. In the third stage, mechanical problems hindered the team’s performance. The car’s gearbox broke, and the rear gear was damaged, even then Michel put in as much effort and came fourth in the category. In the midst of all the challenges, Michel had one resolve; to finish the race. During the race, he purposed to understand the terrain and take the lead throughout the competition.
However, during the Sertoes Rally’s 22nd edition, Michel Terpins did not finish the rally after the car he was using overturned. Michel has participated in several other championships including the Brazilian Championship of Cross Country Rally and the Mitsubishi Cup.
Michel Terpins is passionate about sports in particular speed racing. He comes from a family of established sportsmen. Joe Terpins, Michel’s dad, played basketball in the 1960s and 1970s and is an ex-Sports president. Other than racing, Michel runs several enterprises. He enjoys bonding with his family who are his top fans.