Michela Cerruti is born in Rome on 18 February 1987.
Since a kid she has always shown a clear propensity towards speed; the first contact was at 6 years of age on skis, sport she has agonistically been involved in for 10 years. Despite living in a city and training only during weekends, she obtained very good results both at a regional and national levels. In the same period she also obtained a series of victories in athletics, running in particular. At the age of 16, Michela decided to put her passion for sport on a side focusing only on studying: after completing the Classic high school, she went to university and in three years she obtained a BPsyc at the Univeristy Cattolica of Milan.
In this period she discovered her innate passion for motor-racing, inheritance from her dad Aldo, also known as “Baronio”, driver collecting victories in the most important touring cars championships in 1970s and that added a jewel in his crown in 2009 with the victory of the Italian GT Championship title at the wheel of a F430 Ferrari. In 2006, Michela’s father decided to enrol her in a safe driving course with Mario Ferraris, son of the famous car-preparator Romeo Ferraris, who, stricken by Michela’s speed and instinctive car control convinced the father to let her race.
This is how Michela’s adventure started. In 2008 she debuted in the Italian Touring Endurance Championship (CITE) in the category 2000cc, at the wheel of a 147 Cup Alfa, sharing the drive with Mario Ferraris. Due to the positive results obtained during the season, team Romeo Ferrari decided to invest in the talent of the young lady and in 2009 Michela contributed to the development of a 500 Abarth 24h special (the “Cinquone”) , a 360hp car designed and built entirely in the Romeo Ferraris work-shop. In 2009 the team takes part again in the CITE with Cinquone in the second division where the duo Cerruti-Ferraris obtained 4 class victories ahead of Honda and BMWs.
Year 2010 has been a turning point for Michela who, after just two racing season on her pocket, decided to race in the Superstars International Series, the most important and competitive championship reserved to cars with capacities higher than 4000cc and with more than 400hp. She drove a C63 AMG Mercedes with about 530hp, fighting against drivers like Gianni Morbidelli, Thomas Biagi and Johnny Herbert among the others. It has been a tough challenge, Michela improved race after race and learnt how to move in the heat of the race and how to defend herself from rivals. Despite always finishing close to points, the young driver from Milan has not been very concrete in terms of results, but showed remarkable improvements, often hidden in free practice or race lap times that make her hope for a very good 2011.
In 2011 Michela, after a long training period, obtains an extraordinary result in the season opener of the series on 10 April in Monza: second place in race one and an unexpected and stunning victory in race two, entering in this way in the history of the Superstars Series as the first and only female racer ever to win the Series.
In 2012, Michela became the official driver of Team BMW Italia – Roal Motorsport(of Roberto Ravaglia) driving a BMW Z4 GT3. With the team, she participated in the Italian Gran Turismo Championship, of which at Mugello, she attained first place with a glorious victory and breaks a second world record by becoming the first female driver to ever win the championship in the history of the Italian GT Championship.
Other than the Italian GT Championship, Michela would also be participating in selected continental championships of the Formula 3.