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20-Mar-94

PORTHOLE GRAND PRIX

Porthole hat-trick for Gethin

Southern exile Gethin Butler made history in Sunday's Porthole Grand Prix.

'I WANTED that - I really wanted it!' The usually taciturn Gethin Butler (RT Italia-Ribble) could not hide his delight when he made history by becoming the first rider to win the Porthole Grand Prix time trial classic for three successive years on Sunday.

'I've never been so nervous before a race since I was a junior,' exclaimed a jubilant Butler after finishing exactly a minute clear over a sporting 21.2-mile course around Lake Windermere.

Butler's time of 48-02 for this 15th edition of the Kent Valley RC classic, shortened from its normal 25.5 miles because of recently erected traffic lights at Waterhead, gave him a handsome winning margin over runner-up Pete Longbottom (North Wirral Velo).

Butler could have been even faster. 'Ba