Bateman helps Nissan team to ninth at France’s Paul Ricard circuit

Charles Bateman.
Charles Bateman.
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Boston’s Charles Bateman helped his Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 Pro-Am team to ninth in class at the Blancpain Endurance Series race at the Paul Ricard circuit this weekend.

With teammates Matt Bell and Humaid Al Masaood, the trio suffered an up-and-down race in France.

The #230 Nissan gained positions in the early stages.

The race directors had decided to start the race behind the safety car to avoid any incidents on the first lap due to the number of vehicles competing, but Bell stormed to a potential class podium position from 20th on the grid in the opening laps of the race.

Bell settled into ninth (second in class), before passing over duties to Al Masood.

Unfortunately, he lost some positions due to a drive through penalty after contact with another car, rejoining in 12th position in class.

But when Bateman took over, the Bostonian helped the team rise three positions.

“I got comfortable in the car straight away and the first part of my stint was very good,” Bateman said.

They will now race for 24 hours at Spa Francorchamps, Belgium, on July 28.