Bobsleigh champion Marine Taylor Lawrence says it was "a huge feeling" to win Great Britain's first-ever European four-man bobsleigh title as the team now sets their eyes on winning gold at the world championships.
The team's win comes after their phenomenal run on the World Cup circuit, and a fifth World Cup podium of the season saw them tie Francesco Friedrich's four-man German team at the top of the overall standings.
The British quartet which includes Lawrence, driver Brad Hall, Aaran Gulliver and Greg Cackett, beat the German favourites by 0.09 seconds with a time of 1:49:32.
Speaking exclusively to Forces Sport, Lawrence said the team came back "firing on all cylinders" after he and driver Brad Hall were left disappointed after finishing fourth in the two-man bobsleigh.
He said: "It is a huge feeling, obviously there was a stat that had come out that there hasn't been a British European Champion ever, so to keep adding to that history that we have been making throughout this whole season is huge.
"Obviously coming off a fourth-place two-man result, we were a little bit disappointed because the drive wasn’t as good as we wanted but to come back the next day, firing on all cylinders, Brad to have two amazing drives and us to drop the start by six-hundredths is absolutely massive."
The Royal Navy Sportsman of the Year helped the British team to World Cup gold at the same venue in Altenburg, Germany, just last week, where they beat the Olympic Champion Friedrich on his home track.
Marine Lawrence said: "It shows that the first one wasn't a fluke. When you can go back-to-back in somewhere like Francesco Friedrich's back garden, it is huge for the sport and it is nice to see Michael Vogt on the podium as well, so everyone is really challenging for those medals."
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The team's attention now turns to the World Championships in St Moritz, where they've been marked as the heavy favourites by their German rivals.
Marine Lawrence said that being the favourites is "a really nice place to be" going into the biggest competition of the year.
He said: "Being the favourites is obviously a really nice place to be, winning Europeans and obviously your top guys are Friedrich, Lochner and Vogt, they are European as well, so today was almost as good as a World Championships, but you need to do it when it counts.
"Going into St Moritz, you've got a sharp draw which can sometimes be a make or break for certain runs, but at the World Champs you've got four runs so if you don't get it right in the first run, you've got three other runs to get it right.
"But, whoever is going to be world champion will be whoever had the four most consistent pushes and the four most consistent runs, and that's all we are going there to do.
"Obviously, we want to get the start record as well, because it changes every year, so we want the start record there and we want to be world champions."