Michel Terpins, the Outstanding Brazilian Rally Driver

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In the just concluded T1 prototype championship rally, driver Michel Terpins and his co-driver Mykel Justo of the Bull Sertões Rally Team emerged as the champions with an impressive 61 points. The duo was followed in second place by Luiz Facco with 43 points, a landslide margin. The team was able to gain the pole position after dominating two of the three stages of the race. The competition covers 3300km with all stages taking seven days to complete.

Despite these incredible feet, the duo had some challenges particularly in the second stage when their car suffered some mechanical failure. The gearbox being broken and the rear suspension completely damaged, they were forced to step off the pedal for a while to prevent completely damaging their vehicle. However, they managed a fourth position which an achievement was considering the difficulties.

They took advantage from the third stages onwards. They wouldn’t have achieved it had they not followed their strategy. As easy as it may look, the stage was the hardest as it demanded too much from their engine as well as their physical work. They managed to pull it off thanks the condition of the car and the understanding between the drivers. Despite all the carbon dioxide emitted, the competition will give back to the environment by planting trees in the Atlantic forest.

Terpins, 40 years old debuted in 2002 in the motorcycle category. He later moved to the T-Rex category where he was the co-driver to his brother Rodrigo Terpins. For four years on board, the T-Rex developed by the MEM sport as well as the Brazil cross country championship and Sertões Rally. Along with his brother, they formed the team Bull Sertões Rally Team which was fuelled by their undying desire to speed and off the road.

Before joining Terpins, Mykel Justo his co-driver was a co-driver in the trucks category for seven seasons. Justo and Terpins have been driving together for the past two years; it is within those years that they were able to forge a strong bond between them. They attribute their success to the two years they have been driving together. Although Justo won a pro-Brazil championship back in 2014, he considers this win as the most treasured win because it was a gift to his father who had accompanied him all through.