Francesco Friedrich piloted Germany's four-man bobsleigh team to victory in Whistler ©IBSF

Germany's Francesco Friedrich registered another win in Whistler with victory in the opening four-man bobsleigh event of the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) World Cup season.

The four-time Olympic champion started the campaign with success in the two-man competition yesterday and topped the standings again after two brilliant runs on the Canadian track today.

Teaming up with Alexander Schüller, Thorsten Margis and Candy Bauer, Friedrich stormed down the track in 50.99sec to take the lead.

The German team then posted 50.57 in the second run to finish in an overall time of 1min 41.56sec.

Brad Hall steered Britain to the silver medal in 1:41.98, while the sled of Canada’s Taylor Austin came third in 1:42.37.

There was also success for Germany in the two-woman bobsleigh event as Kim Kalicki triumphed alongside Anabel Galander.

Reigning European champion Kalicki posted runs of 52.96 and 52.97 to snatch victory from Switzerland's Melanie Hasler.

Hasler and Nadja Pasternack held the lead after a first run of 52.94 only to slip to second, finishing 0.22 off Kalicki and Galander, after positing 53.19 in their next go.

The bronze medal went to Kaillie Humphries and Emily Renna of the United States who completed the two runs in a combined time of 1:46.34.

Humphries previously won the two-woman Olympic gold medal on this Whistler Sliding Centre track in 2010 for Canada, before she switched allegiance to the US after blowing the whistle on alleged abuse from coaches.

Park City in Utah is due to host the next IBSF World Cup leg next weekend.