Boss Surveillance drivers Karl Begg and Justin Anthony have achieved some fine class results in their Mercedes C63 AMG, and are now aiming to challenge for an outright victory at their home circuit this weekend for Round 2 of the Australian Production Car Series.
Begg and Anthony debuted their V8-powered Mercedes sedan in the corresponding event last year, finishing fifth and 10th in the two races; the car has undergone a significant development program since then, and is a vastly-improved package.
“In the last 12 months, we’ve taken some big strides forward in terms of reliability, driveability and handing,” Begg said.
“Straight-line performance has never been a problem for us – we demonstrated that at the Bathurst 6 Hour.
“But having so much horsepower presents other challenges; for example, getting the car to put its power down out of slower corners has been an area of concern.
“In the last round at Sandown, it wasn’t putting its power to the ground as nicely as we would have liked, so we’ve made some major suspension tweaks in preparation for this weekend.”
“Braking will be a critical factor at Queensland Raceway, because there are a few big stops at Turns 3, 4 and 6,” Anthony added.
“Our car has one of the highest top speeds of any vehicle in the field, which makes it even more important for us to be able to pull the car up effectively.
“Braking was one of the areas where we were losing out to some of the Class A1 cars in the previous round at Sandown, so it’s something we’ve worked on.
“Hopefully our improvements enable us to challenge for an outright podium finish.”
This weekend’s event features a pair of 300km races, the first of which will be held on Saturday night.
“Racing at night is always a spectacular and fun experience, and we’ve installed some coloured lights to make the Boss Surveillance Mercedes easy to spot in the dark,” Anthony said.
Australian Production Cars Round 2 Schedule
Saturday, 28 July
10:05 – Practice (20 min)
12:10 – Qualifying 1 (15 min)
12:35 – Qualifying 2 (15 min)
16:45 – Race 1 (96 laps)
Sunday, 29 July
10:55 – Warm-up (10 min)
13:20 – Race 2 (96 laps)