Bobsleigh - GB four climb Park City ranks as Russia take win

British bobsleigh pilot John Jackson’s remarkable start to the World Cup season reached another high at Park City as he led the four-man team to an impressive sixth.

Bobsleigh - GB four climb Park City ranks as Russia take win

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Steven Holcomb of the US (Reuters)

After opening the new World Cup campaign with a 23rd in the two-man event in Lake Placid, you could have been fooled into thinking Jackson would be off the pace this season.

However he has responded to that finish in superb style first claiming seventh in the four-man event in Lake Placid and then ninth in the two-man with John Baines in Park City.

And, if that wasn’t already impressive, Jackson led the British four-man team of himself, Stuart Benson, Bruce Tasker and Joel Fearon and to sixth and a career-best.

Jackson was joint-eighth after recording a time of 48.33 seconds from his first run and, despite a slower effort of 48.42 seconds time out in Park City, he jumped up to sixth.

The British quartet’s time of 1:36.75 minutes was just under half a second shy of Alexandr Zubkov who went even better than Jackson by claiming his second straight four-man win.

Olympic and multiple world champion Steven Holcomb, who himself has won both the two-man World Cup races this season, finished behind Zubkov for the second consecutive time in the four-man, this margin this time 0.12.

Manuel Machata of Germany, the four-man world champion from 2011, made up for his fourth-place finish in Lake Placid by finishing third in Park City just two hundredths of a second behind Holcomb.

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