It depends on the people running the event. Some prefer beginners to have DSC on. I prefer it off.
SMG in S4 or S5 will NOT shift gently. YOU have to make it shift smoothly by using the throttle, just like you would with a manual. Would you shift a manual with your foot flat on the floor?
'95 Alpine M3 LTW
'00 Dakar M Roadster
'02 Topaz M3
Red/White SRF #4 (Chassis 561)