DTC: Official opening of Padborg Park

Royal opening of new Danish Padborg Park circuit Crown Prince Frederik opened Denmark's latest racing circuit On Saturday Danmark's newest racing facility was opened, when His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik cut the green ribbon at an ...

Royal opening of new Danish Padborg Park circuit
Crown Prince Frederik opened Denmark's latest racing circuit

On Saturday Danmark's newest racing facility was opened, when His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik cut the green ribbon at an official ceremony at Padborg Park. Along with his brother -- historic racer Prince Joachim -- the Danish Crown Prince then was among a select number of persons to complete the first official lap of the 2.150 metre circuit, which is situated just a few kilometres north of the Danish-German border.

Before the Crown Prince's official opening a number of politicans had praised the importance of the new circuit in their speaches.

"This facility has been created through courage and will power, and it has been built with the purpose of creating speed and excitement. I'm really pleased with the result that motor racing has created in this part of the country," the local chairman of the county council, Carl Holst, said.

"I'm very much convinced that with Padborg Park we have found the right balance between exploitation and protection of the environment. I believe that the world of motor racing and its neighbours will find the right balance and take care of each other."

Padborg Park is situated next to the airfield of Bov-Padborg, whose Lord Mayor, Jens Aage Helmig, was very pleased with the rise in the local activity level.

"Generally, the number of air planes has been too low, but now horse power will not only be felt in the air, but also on the ground. In our municipality we are pleased that this circuit has been created. Both drivers and spectators will be getting new experiences in the years to come. Our municipality is once again back on the map thanks to something positive, and I will like to thank the constructors for this initiative."

Immediately after the official opening of Padborg Park a number of racing cars did their first attempts to set official lap times, but as the circuit was wet due to rain, the average speeds were quite low.

Then Denmark's two Princes took to the circuit. Aboard two Lotus Cortinas Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Frederik both showed that they mastered the discipline of powersliding, before they both ended off the day by doing a couple of laps in the Citroën Xsara Coupe VTS that Henrik Larsen usually uses in the Danish Touringcar Championship.

A few facts: Padborg Park is 2.150 metres long. * The first proper race meeting will be round 4 of the Danish Touringcar Championship on June 22nd. * The circuit is situated 5 km west of the nearby motorway, just a few kilometres north of the Danish-German border. * Padborg Park has been constructed by Henrik Jansen and Jens Enemark -- the latter is also a regular in the Danish Touringcar Championship. * The last time a new racing circuit has been opened in Denmark was back in 1966, when the first meeting was held at Jyllands-Ringen. * Prins Joachim has been racing a Lotus Cortina in the Danish historic series since 2001.

-www.dtc-net.dk

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