Bateman claims fifth at Silverstone

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Boston’s Charles Bateman helped his JRM Racing team to fifth place in the Pro-Am section of the Blancpain Endurance Series, held at Silverstone this weekend.

Driving his Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 with teammates Matt Bell and Humaid Al-Masaood they finished fourth in the points-eligible runners behind class winner Nissan GT Academy Team RJN.

The car started strongly, with Charles up to third in class.

However, some issues with the tyres dropped him down the order.

“The first part of the stint was really mega as I got past a few cars and was running third in class with some great lap times – at one point we were the seventh quickest car on track, even though we were back down the field,” he said.

“But then the tyres really started to go off and the pressures increased hugely, which made the car quite difficult to drive.

“I dropped down quite a bit then and it was really just about trying to keep position until we could stop.”

El-Masaood was next up in the car, his first racing laps on the new Silverstone configuration.

He was followed by Bell, with just over an hour remaining.

He steadily moved up the order to finish in fifth in class, taking the AF Corse Ferrari for position with 20 minutes remaining.

“Fifth was OK but I think we can do better,” said Bell.

“We started 18th overall, which meant we got caught in the traffic.”

The next round of the 2013 Blancpain Endurance Series will take place at the Paul Ricard circuit, France on June 29-30.