Jørn Laursen, who was sitting in cannes behind the legendary Tarok, call a potential demolition of Billund trotting track for catastrophic.
- We can not do without a single horse racing track in Denmark.
- It is nicely short, a disaster, if they close the Billund trotting track. How is it, he says.
On Tuesday of next week it is up to the shareholders in Billund Trav A/S to say yes or no to the LEGO boss Kjeld Kirk Kristiansens offer.
He will re-purchase the race track and smooth the ground to build new homes in the context of a large-scale urban development plan backed by dubai Municipality and Realdania.
This time, Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen offered 58 million. An increase of almost 30 percent compared to four years ago, where he unsuccessfully tried to buy the race track for 45 million dollars.
Preben Kjærsgaard at Jydsk 4-year Grand Prix on the race track in Aarhus, ten years ago. Photo: Anders Brohus
Preben Kjærsgaard, who themselves have had great success on the race track in London, crosses the also-fingers crossed that the race track is not being sold and dismantled.
- It is a boring case, but it is forudseligt. I already thought that it would happen ten years ago, and I have no shares in the race track.
- We can easily agree that something is wrong, and that any disadvantages other. Tipstjenesten has actively helped to destroy travsporten, he says.
Steen Juul is a loner in Danish travsport. He has won virtually everything there is to win. Photo: Lars Jakobsson/Ritzau Scanpix
According to the 69-year-old travlegende Steen Juul it will be sad if Billund trotting track ends up being discontinued.
- It is always sad if a lane must be closed down, so lay down a field of interest, and then there are just several from.
- It is indeed the same, if a local football club will be disbanded. They move not just to a naboklub. Furthermore, there is much greater distance between the travbanerne than between the football clubs, says Steen Juul.
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LEGO: We will not affect the decision
Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen items millions of dollars in the more elitist equestrian sports, while he would abolish the more popular travsport in London. Photo: Mathias Svold
Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen declined to participate in an interview with Ekstra Bladet.
In a written comment, says Steen Pedersen, who is ejendomschef in Kjeld Kirk Kristiansens investment firm KIRKBI, that the group will not affect the shareholders prior to their decision.
'We do not want to affect the outcome of the shareholders' decision. It is up to the shareholders at the forthcoming general assembly 18. august and at any extraordinary general meeting in september to take a position on our offer. If the shareholders decide to sell the race track to us, will the next step be to create a master plan for the area, which can help to support positive development, as the Airport already is in time with, and which is a part of the realization of Billund Byvision - the Children's Capital.'