It would be a shame if you don't check out the online races. The replays are beautiful.
I like the fast gear changes. It's easy to do with a little practise and i feel it adds to the game. There have also been No-Tec (technique) Championships where everyone uses normal shifts.
For a quick getaway.....
Have no revs and floor it JUST before "Go!"
Use the Hiro-Shift (fast gear change). The easiest way to get it right is just to think of it as pressin A twice - very quickly. But let your thumb hit A+X together the second time.
You can't do it from 5th to 6th gear, so do a K-Shift by letting off the gas for a fraction of a second as you change.
You can tell if you get it wrong, the speedo drops a few KM instead of just a pause.
Hope to cya on Tue+Thu@9:00pmGMT (UK time). Races every 20 mins. There's full grids of 8 then.
You need the exact time cos there's just a 20 second window in which to meet the others. Lonewolf does race reports at DCLives. The url is f355.cjb.net
Cya on the track.