Switzerland's Christopher Stewart tops the Para bobsleigh standings after two runs at the IBSF World Championships in St Moritz ©IBSF

Home racer Christopher Stewart is leading the way at the halfway stage in the Para bobsleigh event at the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation World Championships in St Moritz.

After a three-day break from competition, action was back underway on the Swiss track today with Para bobsledders taking centre stage.

Stewart sits top of the standings after two runs as he went into the first position with 1min 13.18sec in the opening run before clocking 1:13.27 in the next.

His overall time of 2:26.45 sees him occupy top spot before tomorrow’s final two runs as he eyes a home victory.

Austria’s Hermann Ellmauer will be aiming to dash Stewart’s hopes as he finds himself in second position, just 0.19 off the leader.

Ellmauer followed up his first run of 1:13.43 with a blistering showing in the next, producing the quickest time of 1:31.21.

American pilot Guillermo Castillo, who is the overall leader in the IBSF Para Sport World Cup standings, is in third place with a combined time of 2:27.00.

Britain’s Corie Mapp posted 2:27.03 after two runs to put himself in fourth position.

Canada’s Lonnie Bissonnette, who won the event in 2016 and 2019, is 0.65 behind Stewart in fifth place, while European champion Arturs Klots of Latvia is 0.66 back in sixth.

Switzerland’s Jonas Frei triumphed in 2021 and 2022 but the defending champion is ranked seventh at the halfway mark, almost a full second adrift of compatriot Stewart.