One of the main concerns for leaders of the motor racing sector has been the desire to make different sectors of the sport acceptable during environmentally evolving times. The amount of carbon released into the atmosphere during races of all types has led Formula 1 organizers to shift to hybrid engines and better battery technologies. In the rally sector, a different initiative has been headed by Michel Terpins who was awarded the Carbon Free Seal of the Green Initiative as far back as 2017.
After taking the second stage of the 24th edition of the Sertoes Rally in Brazil in March 2017, Michel terpins and navigator Maykel Justo were rewarded for their efforts in a number of ways. Terpins is competing in his seventh Sertoes Rally and won the second stage of the 2017 edition after dropping out of the 2016 race on the first day following a crash in the Prototype one class. Despite the success, he saw in moving up to seventh overall after stage two of the 2017 event, the decision to award the driver and navigator from the MEM team were happy to be awarded the green seal during the race.
Teams have been given the option of offsetting the carbon produced by their vehicles during the race through the plating of trees in the Atlantic Forest of South America. The forest is one of the most ecologically diverse in the world and one of the most threatened by deforestation. After the second stage of the 2017 Sertoes Rally, Michel terpins and his navigator had funded the planting of enough trees to offset their carbon emissions throughout the race.
Success on the rally courses of Brazil is not a new feeling for Michel Terpins as he has made the leap from top motorcycle rally driver to success in cars with relative ease. Debuting in the motorcycle rallies in Brazil of 2002, Michel Terpins arrived in the car sector in the early-2010s and quickly adapted to become one of the top homegrown drivers in an important sector for a nation intent on global motorsports success.