Olympic champion Francesco Friedrich extended his overall two-man bobsleigh lead with his sixth International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation victory of the season in Innsbruck.
The formidable German continued his superb start to the campaign, where he has finished either first or second in every two-man race, as he broke his own track record in the opening run by clocking 51.04sec.
Friedrich and push athlete Alexander Schüller ended their two runs in a combined 1min 42.19sec, 0.68 clear of Latvia's Oskars Kibermanis and Matiss Miknis.
Johannes Lochner and Christian Rasp of Germany were third, a further 0.05 adrift, to record their sixth podium result from the first seven races of the season.
Victory for Friedrich, the defending overall two-man champion, is now within one win of tying the all-time record of 44 set by Germany's André Lange.
Friedrich has won all but one of the two-man events to have been held so far this season, after he was beaten by team mate Johannes Lochner in Innsbruck last weekend.
Defending overall two-woman champion Stephanie Schneider of Germany claimed victory in her opening race of the season as she clocked 1:45.94 with push athlete Leonie Fiebig.
Schneider, who replaced Olympic gold medallist and overall leader Mariama Jamanka as the driver of the main German two-woman sled for today's event, led a German clean sweep as Laura Nolte and Deborah Levi were 0.18 back in second place.
Kim Kalicki and Ann-Christin Strack finished third, 0.05 further behind.
The event in Innsbruck concludes tomorrow with the second two-man bobsleigh competition of the weekend.