World Cup #6 in Oberhof

People at thyssenkrupp | On January 17, Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken attended at the sixth World Cup race in Oberhof (Germany).

After their unfortunate fall in Sigulda (Latvia) the world cup journey took Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken for the sixth race to their home track in Oberhof. The goal was clear: regaining the pole position in the overall World Cup.

The double-race took place on Sunday morning. In the first heat our two lugers started as the twelfth team – for the first time this season not in the yellow jersey of the overall leader. Despite a very fast first heat with a time of 41,052 seconds, Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken came behind their competitors Wendl/Arlt. Those guys rode a new track record in a time of 40.693 seconds. Now our lugers had to give their best to turn the tide in the second heat. Our team delivered a faultless second heat, but unfortunately it was not enough to defeat the team Wendl/Arlt.


In the afternoon our lugers started in the sprint race for which they qualified in the morning as one of the best 15 teams. Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken rode the sled fast and safely to the finish, but again they had to give in to the team Wendl/Arlt.

Unfortunately, our team did not win this weekend. However, we congratulate our two athletes very much on their performance and keep our fingers crossed for the upcoming World Cup in Königssee in two weeks’ time. Read more about it soon here on #engineered

Background Information:

Together we develop the winning sled for the Olympic Winter Games 2018

From the blades to the pod – thyssenkrupp engineers and the team Eggert / Benecken develop the perfect sled together. They work hand in hand – at the workbench and in the ice track. Each development step brings them closer to their common goal: Olympic Winter Games 2018.

Since 2015 engineers from different divisions of the group support the luge team in the development of the sled, with success – last year Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken won the Luge World Cup with the thyssenkrupp slide. Camshaft specialists have optimized the blades of the sled, the material comes from the steel colleagues from Duisburg. Even the pod is full of materials expertise – Carbon experts of the group have developed it together with the athletes.

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