Factory McLaren GT driver Alvaro Parente will make the move to Ram Racing for the 2014 season after terms were agreed on a deal that will see him loaned to the Ferrari squad for its maiden assault on the World Endurance Championship.

The 29-year-old Portuguese racer will join forces with Matt Griffin in the team's #52 entry in the GTE Pro category of the series having spent the past two seasons racing for McLaren teams in a range of series'.

Prior to his move into GT competition, Parente secured championship success in both British F3 and the World Series by Renault.

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"This is a new and exciting challenge for me!" 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 LMGTE Pro championship and I can feel it's an ambitious team with the will to succeed.

"Matt is a very good racing 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 showed in me. I also would like to thank McLaren GT for allowing me to tackle this new challenge."

Team boss Dan Shufflebottom was pleased to be able to confirm Parente's signing for the year ahead and said he felt the driver line-up in place would allow the team to challenge at the front of the class.

"We really chuffed to have come to an agreement with both Alvaro and McLaren," he said. "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 LMGTE 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."