Bamboo Engineering is to make the move into sportscar competition for the 2014 season after entering into a partnership with Aston Martin Racing on its World Endurance Championship programme.

Alongside Aston Martin's #97 Gulf-liviered Vantage GTE, the #99 car will run under the Bamboo Engineering banner in the GTE Pro class, with Alex MacDowall and Darryl O'Young - both of whom have driven for the team in the WTCC - as part of the driver line-up.

Fernando Rees will complete the driver line-up for all eight events on the World Endurance Championship calendar, which includes the Le Mans 24 Hours.

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All three drivers tested the car during the Aston Martin test in Portugal last week.

"This is a really prestigious programme for the company, a great engineering challenge that we all will relish," Bamboo Engineering boss Richard Coleman said. "I am delighted to work with Alex and Darryl again, and we are looking forward to working with Fernando.

"Last week's test was really positive and we covered a lot of miles; the drivers even got some good night running which is vital practice for Le Mans."

MacDowall, who finished second in the WTCC independents' championship last year, said he was delighted to have the chance to move into the WEC for the first time.

"Joining such a prestigious team as Aston Martin Racing and competing in the FIA World Endurance Championship is a fantastic opportunity and will be a great challenge," he said. "To compete with some of the best drivers in the world will be a chance to develop my skills, test myself and progress as a driver.

"I'm honoured to be racing for Aston Martin Racing, they are a world class, championship winning team so I couldn't have found a stronger partner to contest my first season in the WEC."

News that Bamboo is to tie-up with Aston Martin comes following the announcement that it will sit out the 2014 WTCC season.

The team had previously revealed plans to run a pair of the new RML-developed Chevrolet Cruzes this year but elected to shelve its plans after failing to secure the required budget.

"Regretfully we won't be competing in WTCC this season," Coleman said. "It was too difficult for us to raise the required budget to compete at the very front of the grid, and Bamboo Engineering is about going forward.

"We will actively seek the right circumstances for our return in 2015. The WTCC has a very bright future, and I know first-hand how much progress is being made."