A Closer Look into Life of Brazilian Rally Driver, Michel Terpins

Michel Terpins is a celebrated Brazilian born rally driver. He is regarded one of consistent and passionate Brazilian rally driver in the recent past. Michel has completed and topped in many of the Brazilian Rally Championship series. This year championship marks his 10th participation.

Michel Terpins won the second stage of this year 24th edition of Sertoes Rally and fifth in the standings. Also, he won the two of the three stages in this year 25th edition of the 3,300 kilometres championship in prototype T1 Category. He was in the top 5 fastest and 4th overall in the competition, a decent finish according to Michel.


Hailing from Sao Paulo, the 40-year-old Michel Terpins began rallying at Rally dos Sertoes in 2002, in the motorcycle category. After that, he switched to cars and navigated for his brother Rodrigo Terpins 42. Michel Terpins was born in a sporting family. His father, Jack Terpins, a basketball enthusiast was once the Director of the Hebraica Basketball Department. Also, Jack is a successful businessman and owner of Construction Terpins Ltd.

For the last four years, Michel Terpins pilots T-Rex (#322) in the T1 prototype category. The car specifically developed for him by MEM team for the second consecutive year. For it to be more muscular and competitive, the car has undergone through extensive modification. MEM team installed a powerful V8 ethanol engine in the car. Michel navigator, Maykel Justo 37, has more than decade-long experience and has won four major titles.

The Rally Team

To culminate their passion for rallying, Michel Terpins and his brother Rodrigo Terpins formed the Bull Sertoes Rally Team. The Rally team sponsors are Xarla, Bull Sertoes, and MEM, Eventos, Motul & Ohlins as well as Terpins & Cintra Advogados. Also, Michel Terpins and his brother participate in the team at Brazilian Cross Country Rally Championship as well as Mitsubishi Cup.

For the Green environmental initiative, the Bull Sertoes Rally Team vehicles obtained the Carbon Free Seal. Therefore, trees will be planted in the Atlantic Forest to compensate the CO2 emitted by the vehicles the seven-stage competitions. The aim of the initiative is to offset and neutralise the CO2 emitted.