Britain's four-man bobsleigh, piloted by Brad Hall, earned a second World Cup victory in Altenberg ©IBSF/Viesturs Lacis

Britain's four-man bobsleigh, piloted by Brad Hall, earned a second International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) World Cup victory after its breakthrough success on December 18 last year at Lake Placid - the first victory in the competition by a British crew since Lamin Deen in Whistler in 2017.

Earlier in the day, Germany's 2018 Olympic two-woman bobsleigh champion Lisa Buckwitz earned her first World Cup win as a pilot.

The day before, Hall and Taylor Lawrence had taken silver in the two-man bobsleigh behind the craft piloted by home slider Johannes Lochner.

Their December win saw them finish just 0.01sec ahead of the German bobsleigh guided by four-times Olympic champion Francesco Friedrich.

The latter had his revenge in Winterberg last Sunday (January 8), beating the Britons into second place, but today Hall and teammates Greg Cackett, Lawrence and Arran Gulliver were not to be denied, finishing  in 1min 48.22sec to beat the German teams who swept the medals at last year's Beijing Winter Games, where the British finished sixth.

It was the first time the home nation had failed to win this event on the Altenberg track for 17 seasons.

The British quartet were the second quickest starters in the first heat as they led at the halfway mark, and a stunning second run start that was the fastest of any team all day saw them take gold by nine hundredths of a second from Lochner.

Christoph Hafer claimed bronze 0.26sec back, with Friedrich half a second adrift.

In both two-man and four-man competition, the British team has now won won eight medals across five World Cup competitions this season.

It is the first time a British four-man team has won two World Cup gold medals in a single season and it moves them to within 15 points of world number one Friedrich in the overall standings with three World Cup races still to come.

It has been an outstanding weekend for British Bobsleigh and Skeleton, with Matt Weston winning men's skeleton gold on Friday.

Buckwitz, 28, who was the push athlete as she and Mariama Jamanka won at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games, paired up with Kira Lipperheide to finish 0.12sec ahead of compatriots Kim Kalicki and Leonie Fiebig after the two race runs.

Third place in Altenberg was a tie between the United States pairing of Kaillie Humphries - who has two Olympic golds in this event for Canada and won yesterday’s monobob, at which she is current Olympic champion - and Jasmine Jones and home pair Laura Nolte and Lena Neunecker.

Both the third-placed teams were 0.38 seconds back.

Kalicki extended her lead in the overall two-woman bob World Cup rankings as she moved to 1060 points, with Nolte on 1037 after a fifth consecutive podium finish this season.

Humphries is third on 1017.

The World Cup circuit stays in Altenberg for another week, with the sixth World Cup doubling as the European Championships, before attention turns to the World Championships in St Moritz in late January and early February.