The Sertões Rally has left its mark on almost every professional driver who’s been lucky enough to qualify for the race. However, Rodrigo Terpins managed to make his mark on the seven-stage, 2,600km Rally. When he took part in the 22nd Sertões Rally – which happened to take part across two different states – he was paired with Fabrício Bianchini. In the field of 38, the pair managed to come in eighth which was quite a feat considering the competition they had.
The Sertões Rally has always been known as one of the toughest circuits in all of Brazilian rally racing; it takes place across a number of diverse terrains across is 2,600km path and each are just as difficult as the other. This kind of challenge requires a whole lot more than just a skillful driver; the pair operating the rally car needs to have a unique bond and constant communication to make sure that they’re on the right track and heading in the right direction. In short, the pair needs to have enough trust and confidence in each other to be able to put their lives in the others hands.
Both Fabrício Bianchini and Rodrigo Terpins have that chemistry in droves. Not only were the two one of the fastest drivers on the first leg of the rally, but they managed to complete the leg in two hours. This feat managed to secure them a top ten finish, but there was still a lot of work to be done. While there’s no shame in finishing top ten, everyone aims for the number one spot. Having said that, it wasn’t even expected that the two would finish top ten in the first place.
There had been questions about the cars suspension in the lead up to the race, leading to many rumors of whether or not the car would actually make it. However, there was no need to worry; not only did the pair excel in the car, but they managed to finish third in the T1 prototype class where they were mainly competing. They also ranked eighth overall in a field of almost 40 competitors.