yes, you were dead even through the gears, despite being capable of a faster time... the time you lost from not launching ideally. if you launched better, you'd be even through the gears still, just ahead. if you want to play magazine numbers, the WRX's running these times were launched hard!!! This is why they can get mid-low 14's.
The R32 does similar times without a crazy launch. Why is the R32 not dependent on launch as much? It can't launch that hard. Traction control gets in the way and wont allow any better of a 0-60 time. (unless he has modded that... not likely since its nearly $2000)
So, here's the scenario... you both try to launch hard... you rocket out the hole... his traction control kicks in and he eases him out the hole... you are ahead by a lot... you win. You run your expected time of 13.5 and he does his 13.9.
What actually happened is you didnt launch hard... he launched as hard as he could... he ran his time of 13.9... you were slower.
You lost due to your driving. He did all he could. You couldn't creep back cuz you didnt have more power than him. Your mods = big power. His mods = less power. Yet you were only equal in power. (He still had more cuz torque was being pulled limiting the 60 ft times yet you said the distance apart stayed the same)
Well i hope you understand. If you dont, then I give up. Just keep street racing and learn nothing.