Bateman claims third-place finish in British GT Championships

BOSTON’S Charles Bateman helped his United Autosports team finish in third place in the British GT Championships.

The duo finished in third spot at Donington Park thgis weekend to make sure they had a top-three place in the overall standings.

“The start went really well, and we had a good pace at the start,” said Bateman.

“I managed to get past quite a few cars, then I was hit by a BMW but luckily there was no major damage.

“Considering where we started it was great result.”

Both United Autosports McLaren MP4-12C GT3s came home in podium positions, with teammates Zak Brown and Álvaro Parente taking the race win.

Bateman, having started 10nth, fought his was up the field.

At mid-distance, both cars pitted, Bateman passing the car onto Matt Bell in third.

A stranded Mercedes brought out the safety car with about 30 minutes of the two-hour race left to run.

Bell set about closing in on the front-runners.

In the closing stages of the race, despite fighting hard, Bell - who had pushed into second - was passed by a Lamborghini and at the chequered flag had to settle for third.