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Paddon's Portuguese horror show

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Electrical gremlins have halted Hayden Paddon's promising charge in the Rally of Portugal, leaving the Kiwi driver more than 10 minutes off the pace.

Kiwi driver Paddon and his new British co-driver Sebastian Marshall are 24th in their Hyundai, despite winning two of the eight stages on Friday.

Disaster struck on the seventh stage when they ground to a halt because of faults with the electrics, losing more than 10min.

It continued a run of poor luck and technical woes for Paddon which left him seventh overall coming into this week's six leg of the World Rally Championship.

Unbelievable! Should be leading Rally de Portugal but electrical gremlins halted our charge," Paddon wrote on Facebook.

"Can't buy any luck at the moment it seems, but many positives to take into tomorrow and beyond."

Estonian driver Ott Tanak leads second-placed Spaniard Dani Sordo by 4.6 seconds. Just 20sec separates the top six drivers.

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