Historic second place for GB’s Brad Hall, Junior World Champion Oelsner in third
Innsbruck (RWH): With his third successive win in the 2-man bobsleigh, the defending World Cup title holder Francesco Friedrich (GER) has extended his lead in the BMW IBSF World Cup even further. Racing with Thorsten Margis as his brake man, the Olympic and World Champion finished the two heats in Innsbruck with a 0.74-second lead over second place.
With a historic result for Team GB, second place in Innsbruck went to Brad Hall/Greg Cackett, who achieved the best finish for a British 2-man bobsleigh team in at least 30 years.
Another first came from one of the younger teams in the World Cup field in third place. The Junior World Champion Richard Oelsner and his brake athlete Tobias Schneider achieved the pilot’s first podium finish. A mere 0.01 seconds separated the Germans from Hall/Cackett in what was just their second ever start in the BMW IBSF World Cup.
After the fourth of eight 2-man bobsleigh races this season, the defending title holder Francesco Friedrich (GER, 885 points) now has a good 200-point lead over second place in the overall standings for the 2019/2020 BMW IBSF World Cup. After the first half of the season, second place is held by Switzerland’s Michael Vogt (688), who finished fifth in Innsbruck. Third place in the overall standings currently goes to the Olympic Champion Justin Kripps of Canada (672), who was 12th in Innsbruck.