Michele started rally driving in 1973. Soon after her debut she became French and European female Rally Champion. In 1981 she became an official Audi driver. Michele is still the only woman ever to win races in the World Rally Championship.
In 1982 she was runner up to Walter Rohrl and failed to win the World Rally Championship only due to mechanical difficulties. Her biggest triumphs include victory overall in the Acropolis Rally, The Sanremo Rally, Rally Brazil and Rally Portugal. Since her retirement from competitve sport she has been technical director of IMP and her influence has been critical in the success of The Race Of Champions. Michele speaks three languages fluently.