Parente joins Silverstone team for WEC

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McLaren factory driver Alvaro Parente is set to compete in the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship with the Silverstone-based Ram Racing team.

The 29-year-old Portuguese driver will join Matt Griffin in the team’s No. 52 Ferrari F458 Italia GT in the GTE-Pro class as part of the team’s new two-car attack in the FIA WEC and Le Mans 24-Hour Race.

Ram Racing team principal, Dan Shufflebottom, said: “We are really chuffed to have come to an agreement with both Alvaro and McLaren.

“To have someone of his calibre alongside Matt, who we know can deliver the goods from his Championship-winning ELMS season last year, is a major boost to our chances of success.

“We are the only non-factory entry in the GTE Pro category but that’s not going to stop our ambitions for success in any way, shape or form. We think the Parente-Griffin partnership will be right up there alongside our competitors.”

Parente is a former British Formula 3 and World Series by Renault driver and has recently competed for McLaren in the GT category during the past two seasons – most recently for Sebastien Loeb Racing in the FIA GT Series.

He said: “The World Endurance Championship is a strong competition that is growing and where you can find strong teams and drivers. Ram Racing won the 2013 ELMS GTE championship and I can feel it’s an ambitious team with the will to succeed. Matt Griffin is a very good driver, so I think we have all the right ingredients to fight for good results during the season.

“As always, I’ll do my best and I hope to justify the confidence that Ram Racing have shown in me. I also would like to thank McLaren GT for allowing me to tackle this new challenge.”

Ram’s other Ferrari entry, which will compete in the GTE-Am class, will be driven by Johnny Mowlem and Ben Collins.

The Silverstone-based Delta-ADR team will be represented by Millennium Racing in the 2014 FIA WEC.

Former F1 driver, Stefan Johansson, and Fabien Giroix will lead the two cars. Oliver Turvey and Silverstone-based John Martin are also thought to be included in the team’s plans for 2014.