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Max on Tour: Silverstone, SW19 and Paris

11 July 2016

Maximus racked up plenty of miles by air and land over the weekend, taking in two British triumphs and an against-the-odds Euro 2016 final result in Paris – all in one day! 

At Silverstone on Sunday, the blue-haired lion cheered on Lewis Hamilton in the British Grand Prix as the driver led every lap of the race to capture his third successive victory at the iconic circuit in Northamptonshire.

Max then hotfooted it by helicopter to southwest London where he made it to the Royal Box in time to witness Andy Murray, on ferocious form, defeat the Canadian Milos Raonic. The win means the Scot becomes the first British man to win multiple Wimbledon singles titles since Fred Perry in 1935!

The day finished strongly for Max, with a special pitchside pass to the Euro 2016 Final in Paris, where the big cat managed to join in the celebrations as Portugal beat their French hosts thanks to a goal in extra time, clinching their first ever international trophy. 

“It’s been an incredible 24 hours,” said Max, the leader of the Junior Membership Club. “I’ve seen the delight of victory in Andy, Lewis and the Portuguese team, as well as the despair of defeat in Milos and the French team.”

“The thing that most impressed me was how all the athletes behaved themselves so well in victory and defeat. There’s a lesson for us all there.”  

Some of the interesting facts Max picked up on his whirlwind trip:

- In 1950, King George VI was at Silverstone to celebrate its entry into the European Grand Prix in 1950; the only time a reigning monarch has attended a British motor race. 

- Players at Wimbledon get through 5,000 kilos of bananas during the tournament.

- Ten years ago, Switzerland missed every penalty in a shootout in their loss to Romania - the first time this has ever happened in a major football tournament.

How can Max ever top such a fantastic day of sport? Tune in next week to find out…

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