The Sertões Rally that is held annually in Brazil is considered one of the toughest rallies in the world. It features treacherous routes, which can wear out even the toughest of rally drivers. To finish the race let alone winning it, is considered a major accomplishment. Despite this, Rodrigo Terpis has managed to establish himself among the leading rally drivers in this 2,600 kilometer-long race.
In the recently concluded edition of the Sertões Rally, Rodrigo and his navigator Fabrício Bianchini finished in the top five in their category. The duo also finished at position 8 overall among 38 competitors. These are promising results, which attest to the strides that he has made since making his debut.
Rodrigo Terpins’ passion towards racing is attributed to the sporting culture that was inculcated in him by his dad, Jack Terpins who is a successful entrepreneur and a retired basketball player. Jack similarly heads both the Latin American Jewish Council and the Maccabi World Union. He is also one of the most influential personalities in the Brazilian sporting community. With such a background, it isn’t a surprise that Rodrigo and his younger brother Michel are leading sportsmen.
Rodrigo had a passion for motorsports from a young age. Nonetheless, he was torn between specializing in motorcycle racing or car races. Eventually, he chose to be a rally driver, a decision that completely catapulted him to the limelight. The 44-year old rally champ is a member of Bull Sertoes Rally Team, which brings together several rally driers who have won races throughout South America. According to terra.com, the rally team is sponsored by various organizations, which is proof of Rodrigo’s commercial appeal.
Rodrigo mainly races in a T-Rex car, which has been enhanced by MEM Motorsports. Besides being a high-performance rally car, the T-Rex is energy efficient and eco-friendly since it has a carbon free seal. Judging from his performance, Rodrigo seems to get better with age. His sheer desire to excel is what sets him apart from his contemporaries. Besides this, he is admired for finding the right balance between racing, business, and family commitments. At the moment, Rodrigo is earnestly preparing for the Cuesta Off-road Rally. For more info, visit terpins.com.