Ram Racing announced Tuesday the addition of Federico Leo to its lineup for next month’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The 25-year-old Italian driver will join Matt Griffin and McLaren factory driver on-loan Alvaro Parente in the team’s GTE-Pro class Ferrari F458 Italia.
Leo, who made his sports car racing debut in 2010, has claimed titles in FIA GT3 European Championship and International GT Open and competed against the British squad in the European Le Mans Series last year.
“To be able to welcome someone with Federico’s Ferrari knowledge and proven race-winning ability can only be viewed as a bonus for a team such as ourselves,” said team principal Dan Shufflebottom.
“He comes to us highly recommended, and I’m confident that he will fit in very well with Matt and Alvaro. What we might appear to lack in Le Mans experience between us, we more than make up for in other areas and I feel sure that Federico will very much enjoy his first Le Mans with us.”
Ram, which was forced to withdraw from last month’s Six Hours of Spa-Francorchamps due to a budget shortfall, is believed to have initially had James Rossiter lined up for the final seat in the No. 52 GTE-Pro entry.
Rossiter had tested with the reigning ELMS GTE champions at The Prologue pre-season FIA WEC test at Paul Ricard in March.
Johnny Mowlem, Ben Collins and Mark Patterson, meanwhile, are expected to pilot Ram’s GTE-Am entry at Le Mans, as previously announced.