Spa-Francorchamps was short but sweet for Bateman

Charles Bateman.
Charles Bateman.

Charles Bateman’s stint at the Total 24 Hours of Spa was short but sweet.

The Boston racer was competing as part of the Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 of JRM Racing team on Belgium’s world-famous Spa-Francorchamps circuit.

However, Bateman didn’t get the track time he hoped for as the team was forced to retire.

“It was a really short race for me – just a one hour stint,” Bateman said.

“I drove from about the fifth hour. “The car felt good, but I was compromised with my seat position at the start.

“All the same, the car felt balanced and strong and it got easier as the temperatures dropped overnight.

“I was looking forward to getting back in there again as the more you do round here, the more you learn and also the car was improving as the race went on.

“It’s a shame we had the problem as it ultimately led to our retirement, but I’ve enjoyed the experience and getting a stab at my first 24 hour race.”

Matt Bell, Jody Fannin and Humaid Al-Masaood were his teammates in the vehicle.