Congratulations to GB Bobsleigh Pilot John Stanbridge & Team in the European Cup

5th January 2024


Congratulations to GB Bobsleigh Pilot John Stanbridge & Team in the European Cup. John who is also a serving member of the RAF returned to the sport for the 2023 season after an accident in 2022.

John’s team have achieved 4 ‘top 6’ wider podium finishes in the 2-man discipline, out of 5 races. They also secured our first Top 10 result in the 4-man discipline. These results have placed them in 6th overall in the European Cup combined rankings and 5th Overall in the 2-man discipline. The only teams ahead of them are the powerhouse nations of Germany and Switzerland. IBSF Ranking.

The success of these results has proven that, as a team they have world cup potential, meeting the standards set by the British Bobsleigh & Skeleton federation to qualify the team to race against the very best and make our 2-man World Cup debut. This will take place in St Moritz, Switzerland on the 13th of January at around 1pm and will be televised to over 25,000 subscribers on YouTube.  ( Along with another World Cup race in Lillehammer Norway.

The team is now on track to potentially qualify and be selected for the IBSF World Championships in Winterberg between 17th February – 6thMarch 2024. Attending World Cups and World Championships are strong supporting markers in achieving UK sport funding and securing Elite Athlete status within the RAF Sport pathway. The team is proving that they have some real potential to be a competitive international bobsleigh team and that the goal of qualifying for the 2026 Olympics is not out of reach.

The season so far has seen the team travel and compete in Sigulda – Latvia, Lillehammer – Norway and Altenberg – Germany.

Below is an updated projected calendar for the remainder of the 2023/24 IBSF bobsleigh season.

John commented “Thank you so much for your support and continued belief in the team. It wouldn’t be possible without Acres by our side, we can’t wait to continue our success into 2024 as we take that next step to World cup competitions.”

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