The formidable pair of Paulistas Michel Terpins and Maykel Justo, 40 and 37 respectively, representing the Bull Sertoes Rally Team were able to win two of the three stages of the 25th edition of the Sertoes Rally in their Prototypes T1. With a total of 11:45:23s, the pair were in the lead in the accumulated category and 4th overall.
However, in the 3rd stage, the tables were to turn when a mechanical problem forced the pair to slow down. The third stage spans between Santa Terezinha de Goias to Aruana, a total distance of 306km. The mechanical problem was the result of an issue the vehicle had the previous Monday during the marathon stage. The vehicle was unfortunately not able to get the mechanical support it needed at the end of that day.
The vehicle’s gearbox and rear suspension were damaged forcing Michael Terpins to take his feet off the pedal so as not to worsen their result. In the end, they finished 4th in Prototypes T1 and as 10th in the overall race.
In an interview, Paulistas Michel Terpins revealed that when the vehicle started to present issues he knew what mattered most was completing the race, despite the fact that they were leading.
The race was Paulistas Michel Terpins 10th appearance at the competition and the second consecutive year he was relying on Maykel Justo for navigation. Paulistas Michel Terpins’ debut on the Sertoes Rally Grid was in 2002 in the motorcycle category. He would later compete in more races and become more important to the game.
This year’s race will be taken place in the Midwest, consisting of 280 participants, pilots, and navigators from every nook and cranny of the country and from overseas. There will be 161 vehicles competing in Cross Country and Regularity category. Motorcycles and quadricycles will also be involved. There will be covering a distance of 3,300km.
The intense longing for speed and off-road motivated Sao Paulo brothers Rodrigo Terpins and Michael Terpins to start the Bull Sertoes Rally Team. At the time Rodrigo was 44 years old and had five Sertoes Rally under his belt while Michael was 40 years old and had participated in the Sertoes Rally nine times. Before they founded the Bull Sertoes Rally team the pair had been racing on board the T-Rex, which had been developed by MEM Motorsport.