The majority of Brazilians will always associate Rodrigo Terpins will the Brazilian rally racing scene, and it’s easy to see why. He’s been well respected in the industry for the past twenty years due to the significant achievements he’s had during his career. One of the most recent of these was in 2018 when he took part in the 22nd annual Sertões Rally. Rodrigo Terpins and his partner Fabrício Bianchini were a major part of the Bull Sertões Rally Team.
Naturally, the two were worried about how they’d perform in the Sertões Rally; the extremely difficult circuit takes place over 2,600km and passes through seven cities and two states. On top of that, there was a variety of diverse terrains to contend with. All of that would make any rally driver nervous as only the best of the best make it there, and that’s before you consider the strenuous competition that you’ll be up against. Because of that, only the best rally car drivers in Brazil make it to the top ten. But Rodrigo Terpins and Fabrício Bianchini had something else to content with during the 2018 circuit; there were reservations about their cars suspension.
However, they overcame this and finished the first leg of the circuit in less than two hours; this guaranteed them a place in the top ten. By the end of the event, the duo had come in third in their own category while placing eighth overall. Impressive for a team who was supposed to be driving a car with some somewhat difficult suspension. However, it’s Rodrigo Terpins has been focused on environmental issues over the past decade or so; in 2009 he founded Floresvale which focused on developing and maintaining sustainable and renewable timber sources across Brazil.
Over the past decade, the company has developed over 5,000 hectares of eucalyptus forests in Brazil; the majority of these are in the Queluz, Silveiras, Monteiro Lobato, São Luiz do Paraitinga and Taubaté regions. However, Rodrigo Terpins’ goal wasn’t to get rich off timber; instead, he’s looking more toward the environmental side. Of the 5,000 hectares of forest, 2,400 of these are set aside specifically for permanent preservation.