well.. there's plenty of notes on how to launch.. so technique during the race hmm.... well... like any sport you have to have the will to win and the heart to pound out the victory. my technique is actually very simple. redline every gear, and don't look back till you cross the line. For me personally, i have to block out the other car, just race yourself... i mean.. you can't change or alter the way the other person drives.. so just stay consistent. shift fast, but not hard... i'd rather lose the race than blow my engine.