Traction control kills a car, not just slows it down. The traction control stops power from going to the wheels, basically shutting the car down (this is how it worked on my Cobra, I am assuming it is the same with the SS). This is not a drivers race, but it will only be lost because the driver of the SS is incredibly crappy at driving the car. If the WRX driver was a little better driver than the SS driver, the WRX would not have a chance. The cars are completely unequal. But a sever lack of driving skill will be the only reason the SS loses, not due to the WRX drivers skills.