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He let it downshift itself. Don't know why, I think he was nervous as our run was the first time he went wot in it. That's why I yanked his *** until the 2-3. Without the passengers and with a better shifting day I think it'd be closer, but I think he'd edge me out still.
Holding a gear in an auto definitely makes a difference. From 30 mph, I hold mine in 1st gear at about 5k rpm. It jumps hard as *** like that.
Even if he'd still edge you out without passengers in your car, there's no shame in that loss. He has a lot tied up in that car, and a lot of NA power to contend with.
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One other thing, letting the car downshift itself won't go into a low enough gear/high enough RPM every time either. If I hit mine from 30-35 mph, it won't kick down far enough to do what I need it too, even though it is tuned to do so...
on my old auto gt it would have a huge delay when trying to manually shift, so when roll racing i'd usually just nail it on the second honk. then by the third honk the car would be downshifted and just start going.
Still can't get that crazy high starting RPM letting it downshift itself though. Mine won't automatically downshift unless its into a gear putting it no higher than 4k or so. Manually, I can hold it much higher and get a pretty good jump.
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