Hall & co impress again
Brad Hall backed up Saturday’s superb 2-man result with another impressive performance in the 4-man race in La Plagne on Sunday morning.
Hall recorded Britain’s best World Cup 2-man result since the 1990s when he finished fourth with Greg Cackett in France and he notched up another milestone alongside Cackett, Luke Dawes and Taylor Lawrence 24 hours later.
Their eighth-place finish was Hall’s best World Cup 4-man showing for 26 months and 20 races stretching all the way back to November 2017. The last time Hall went better than Sunday’s efforts was when he won World Cup bronze with Cackett, Bruce Tasker and Joel Fearon in Park City prior to the PyeongChang Olympics.
Hall sat 9th at the halfway point in the Alps after clocking 58.43 seconds in Run 1 but they jumped up a spot thanks to the fifth fastest time in Run 2, when they finished in 58.36.
It means Hall and his team have now notched up a trio of successive top tens in their first three WC races in the 4-man this season after they placed ninth and 10th in last week’s double header in Winterberg.
Brad Hall and his team impressed in France
Fellow Brits Lamin Deen, Ben Simons, Olly Butterworth and Ryan Letts finished 15th after they were handed a tough start draw in Run 1.
Deen and co went off 18th first time around, clocking 58.81 to sit 16th after Run 1. Like their compatriots, they also climbed a spot after going quicker in Run 2 thanks to one of the fastest top speeds of the entire run.
Lamin Deen hit one of the highest speeds of the race
Germany’s Francesco Friedrich made it a double dose of gold as he added the 4-man win to Saturday’s 2-man triumph. Friedrich beat German team-mate Johannes Lochner to top spot by 0.21 seconds, with Latvia’s Oskars Kibermanis taking bronze.
The next 4-man race takes place in Igls, Austria this coming Sunday.