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2016 New Zealand Rally Champion, David Holder, has paid credit to Hyundai WRC star, Hayden Paddon, in the wake of his long-awaited championship success.

David Holder paid tribute to Hayden Paddon after his NZRC success. (Photo: Geoff Ridder)However, in an exclusive interview with RallySport Magazine, Holder that he has absolutely no confidence in Paddon when the pair are in the same car.

We’ve been in the car together a couple of times a few years ago, but honestly, we are both terrible in the co-driver’s seat. He may be a WRC superstar, but sitting next to him I have zero faith we are going to stay on the road,” Holder said.

The Kiwi also admitted that his religious faith has played a big part in his championship victory.

“Overwhelmingly, I think for me, God’s really had his hand in this win. Sorry to get all spiritual, but our faith is something Jase (Farmer) and I make no secret of, as it’s really the whole reason we compete.

“We’ve managed to get through some pretty tough times, so feel blessed He gave us this championship ... heck, maybe our competitors could try the prayer approach, it seems to be working for us!” Holder laughed.

Read the full David Holder interview in the August 2016 issue of RallySport Magazine, available HERE.

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