as for shifting, i found that if i stayed in first thru the box and shifted up right after the first cone in the slalom, it smoothed me out and kept my speeds up decently until right before i made the big U-Turn, where i popped it back to 1st so i didn't bog down going into that nice horseshoe curve. i stayed in 2nd all the way until right before the box when i'd pop it back into 1st.
the first run i left the car in sport mode, no shifting just so i could figure out the lines. jake was riding with me so gave me some pointers on my line and also on the shifting. i tried a few different shifting points here and there, but the above worked the best overall while allowing me to still steer and concentrate on what i was doing. only hit one cone the entire event, and that was the first run of the second heat with Noel in the car and readjusting my seat.