Driver Profile: Michela Cerruti
Those who see racing as a man’s sport are greatly mistaken, for they have clearly not witnessed the ferocious driving skills of Michela Cerruti who is currently competing in the Auto GP series.
From skiing at regional and national levels and obtaining victories in athletics, it was apparent from a young age Michela had a natural talent where speed was involved.
Michela’s passion for motor racing was inherited from her dad, Aldo who collected victories in the touring car championships during the 1970s and most recently in 2009. After enrolling Michela on a safety driving course with Mario Ferraris, the instinctive car control and speed showcased by Michela impressed Ferraris and marked the start of a racing pro.
2008 was Michela’s debut in the Italian Touring Endurance Championship in the category 2000cc and with impressive results, ensued investment from team Romeo Ferrari. Michela then went on to achieve 4 class victories ahead of Honda and BMWs, cementing her presence within the racing domain.
2010 saw the Superstars International Series, a highly competitive and important championship reserved to cars with capabilities higher than 4000cc take place. Michela drove a C63 AMG Mercedes and competed against established drivers including Gianni Morbidelli and Thomas Biagi and showed remarkable improvements throughout. Michela’s second attempt showcased just how much she had progressed, reaching the highest podium ever from a woman in the series with a striking victory in race two.
Michela became the official driver of Team BMW Italia in 2012 and participated in the Italian Gran Turismo Championship, of which at Mugello, attained first place consequently breaking a second world record becoming the first female driver to win the championship. 2013 saw another podium at Mugello and she won the Imola GP of which she raced solely during the third from last stage, thoroughly demonstrating her racing capabilities.
Now a main player, Michela raced in the Blancpain Endurance Series International Championship securing second place in the Pro-Am category on the notoriously bendy Nurburgring circuit. 2013 was also the year she debuted as the only woman in the Auto GP Championship.
Check out Michela’s driving skills in the 2014 Auto GP Series.