Northampton Saints Host the 2017 Hankook Power Lap Challenge

George Funnell didn’t have a bad day as he met some of the Northampton Saints and got to home a signed Xbox One.
Northampton Saints recently teamed up with their sponsor, Hankook Tyre UK, for the 2017 Hankook Power Lap Challenge. In an event exclusive to social media competition winners, 80 members of the public gained elite access to the Franklin’s Gardens Sturridge Suite to meet their favourite players. As guests collected autographs and photos, the players competed head-to-head for the fastest lap on Forza 6.

Cheered on by the crowd and ‘Bernie’, the Saints mascot, the competition culminated in a ‘battle of brothers’ final, with Saints prop Alex Waller eventually taking the crown. Four lucky golden ticket holders were also called up to compete; with 14-year-old George Funnell claiming victory and taking home the team’s signed Xbox One.

The Saints’ global fans, from as far as Washington DC, cheered on as the races were streamed live on Facebook. The evening was also filmed by the players, footage of which can be seen on Hankook Tyre UK Facebook page as well as on their website.

Zoë Baldwin, Marketing Communication Manager at Hankook Tyre said: “It was fascinating to witness the Saints players demonstrate their skills in a different environment and we are delighted to be able to give the fans the opportunity to meet and play against their idols.”

Brian Facer, Commercial Director at Northampton Saints said: “The players thoroughly enjoyed meeting their supporters and it was clear to see that the team’s competitiveness is not just contained to the pitch! Our thanks go to Hankook for their continuing support and sponsorship of the team.”

About the author

Richard Wilson is the deputy editor for Commercial Tyre Business. Since 2015, Richard has worked as a correspondent for all of the titles across the Valebridge Publications Ltd Group namely: Retreading Business, Tyre & Rubber Recycling, The Tyreman and Truck and Bus News. Richard has worked on/off from the age of 16 for the company and whilst gaining a Bachelor's Degree in Spanish and Business Studies at Coventry University, he developed his writing skills at the University paper and more recently writing his own independent blog.


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