Jersey's Will Golder hopes to use his win at the British Bobsleigh Championships as a "stepping-stone" for his career.
Golder and team-mate Antoe Walters were in third with one run to go in the two-man event in Germany.
But both leading bobsleighs had problems as one crashed out and the other was disqualified.
"As a victory I'll take it - you have to finish to then finish first," said the Jerseyman.
It was the first win of Golder's career and he told BBC Radio Jersey: "It's a great stepping-stone for us.
"I've been racing internationally now for two years with Great Britain and it's the first victory I've had.
"It gives me something to go back and defend next year."
John Hamilton, chairman of Jersey Bobsleigh Club, said: "We're delighted to have Will as British champion.
"This is the perfect start to his season. His main focus now is the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia."