It was an intense weekend in Monza for Michele Beretta in the fourth round of the European Le Mans Series. The final result saw Michele and his teammates cross the line in second place.

The final sprint of the European Le Mans Series, which saw the Porsche of Michele’s Proton Team (with his team mates Christian Ried and Alessio Picariello) take on the Ferrari 488 of Kessel Racing, produced a highly spectacular confrontation during the 4 Hours of Monza. From the outset of official practice, the times were incredibly close with the Porsche Proton #77 setting the third quickest time on the GTE grid.

In the race, Michele and his teammates attacked decisively, leading the race and then increasing it, thanks to a well-balanced car and a quick race pace. Unfortunately, Michele’s race was hampered by a long Full Course Yellow period, which brought the Porsche 991 RSR GTE into second place. Despite the gap changing under Full Course Yellow, Michele and his teammates recovered, unleashing race pace in full attack mode, which allowed the Porsche #77 to finish just 30 seconds behind the Kessel Racing Ferrari, which was the ultimate winner.
Michele thus climbed the podium of his home circuit of Monza, in second place and is now therefore also in second place in the overall standings with 74 points. The race that will decide the ELMS will take place in two weeks time on the Portuguese track of Portimao, where the only option will be to win, both the race and ultimately the title as well.

We had a very balanced and competitive car which allowed us to take the lead and keep it without any problem at alls. We had some unfavorable situations during the two Full Course Yellows, in which the Ferrari of our rivals gained a lot of time. In the final stages we made up a lot of ground, getting to within 30 seconds of them, but it wasn’t enough. We are now behind the leaders by just 7 points and therefore this leaves us with only one strategy for the last race in Portimao – to attack.

Before the final round of ELMS, Michele will race in the 24 Hours of Spa in thirteen days.