and in racing...a clutch is pretty much essential if you drive a manual
There are people out there who can match up just as fast as shift with a clutch.
Once you can drive without one, you will learn how to drive with one more effectively. Most people ride their clutches and don't match up worth a crap, bone heads who don't realize everytime they shift to the next gear without coming close to matching kills their clutch a little more.
Its all about knowing your machine and knowing what you are doing. [/quote]
Amen, this is an advanced topic which if mastered will prolong the life of your clutch. It will also make your racing smoother and therefore faster. If you're not that hardcore about racing or not concerned about being a very good driver, you probably won't care and you're probably not that fast. Perfectionists who demand precision out of their driving and their cars make the best racers.