Germany's Felix Loch has increased his lead in the International Luge Federation (FIL) World Cup standings after winning the men’s singles event in front of a home crowd in Oberhof today.
The two-time reigning Olympic champion set a track record of 42.714sec, beating the previous best mark of 42.893 held by Russia’s Roman Repilov, on his way to clocking an unrivalled overall time of 1:25.591.
Following three events without a win, Loch was the fastest in both runs.
The victory is his fourth of the current World Cup season and 39th overall.
It came at the same place where he won the first of his five World Championship titles in 2008.
"Everything has gone smoothly for me in Oberhof since the 2008 World Championships," the five-time overall World Cup winner said.
"I have no idea why, but it all just comes together here in Oberhof."
Second place was taken by Russia's Semen Pavlichenko in 1:25.858, while Germany's Andi Langenhan finished third in 1:25.886.
Loch now has a 103-point lead at the top of the overall World Cup standings on 671.
Austria's Wolfgang Kindl, who came ninth today, is second on 568 points.
Pavlichenko is third on 521 points.
Loch also contributed to Germany's relay team's win today.
The team, which also featured Dajana Eitberger, Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken, triumphed in a track record time of 2:20.952.
The previous best time was 2:21.465.
Germany's victory was their fourth of the season and 35th since the relay event became a World Cup discipline in 2010.
Latvia's Eliza Cauce, Arturs Darznieks, Andris Sics and Juris Sics finished second in 2:21.656.
Austria's Hannah Prock, Reinhard Egger, Peter Penz and Georg Fischler came third in 2:21.709.
After five of six events, Germany lead the overall World Cup standings with 400 points.
Austria are second with 345 points, while Canada are third with 331 having finished seventh today.
The FIL World Cup is due to continue in Lillehammer in Norway later this month with action set to take place on January 20 and 21.