Wolfgang Hoppe, of Germany, won the penultimate four-man World Cup race of the season at Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, yesterday to set up an exciting finale later this month with his compatriot Christoph Langen.
Britain's team of Mark Tout, Lenny Paul, Dean Ward and Courtney Runbold was 10th.
Hoppe, the world champion and most successful driver in bobsleigh history, was fastest in both runs for his second win of the season in Germany I after being runner-up to Langen's Germany II the last three races.
The result left Hoppe top of the standings on 174 points, four ahead of Langen with one race to go in St Moritz, Switzerland, at the end of this month before the World Championships in Calgary in February.
Only Langen, the two-man world champion and leader of the two-man standings after winning at Cortina on Thursday, is still in the World Cup title race.