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Michel Terpins; Top tier Brazilian Rally Driver

Michel Terpins is one of the most recognizable names on the Brazilian rally ranks. In 2002 Michel made his debut on the Sertões rally participating in the motorcycle category and later racing cars together with Rodrigo Terpins. Within the next four years, Terpins progressed to piloting the T-Rex, a vehicle manufactured by Mellors Elliot Motorsport.

The driver now stands out in major races and displays a great passion for the sport. Michel enjoys all competitions and comes from a family of experienced sportsmen. Rodrigo Terpins, his brother, is a multiple time champion while his father, Joe Terpins played basketball, something that though not related to rallying prepared him for the competitiveness of the events.

A strong passion for racing and speed resulted in the brother duo of Michel and Rodrigo Terpins forming the Bull Sertões Rally team. The two combined each have more than five Sertões Rally appearances and have for the last four seasons raced aboard the T-Rex. The duo also participates during the Brazilian championship of cross-country rally and the Mitsubishi Cup. The pair placed seventh in the Prototype T1 category during the 22nd edition of Sertoes rally and failed to make the finish overall. Michel has also worked with other navigators such as Taubate SP, the 4-time Sertoes winner.

Michel Terpins participated for the 10th time in the Sertões Rally alongside navigator Maykel Justo. The duo represented the Bull Sertões Rally team in the 25th edition of the competition and won two of three stages on the Prototype category. The pair experienced mechanical problems with the T-Rex that forced them to slow down. Michel and Maykel managed to finish fourth in Prototype T1 and 10th overall.

The 25th edition of the Sertoes Rally took place in three states including Matto Grosso and Goias covering over 3300 kilometers. The competition attracted over 280 drivers including Michel and his partner Maykel. After the race, Maykel described the experience of racing with Terpins as gratifying. The Michel and Justo pair are expected to compete together in this year’s competition for the second time running with an improved T-Rex. With Michel’s dedication and passion, one can only expect the man to get better.

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