I've been living in the US since 2006-2007 and automatics are quite common here. In 2011 I was in the UK and needed a rental car, all they had was manual, and of course I hadn't done it at all since I'd moved to the US... By the time I dropped the car off it had all come back and I was fine... But, my wife just cannot do it, she's never had to. I fear that a lot of simracers won't use what they're asking for. I'm not even sure I would... With the little time I actually get to race the thing, I'm not sure I'd be in-tune with the different cars enough to use it... But anyway, I'm just thinking aloud, it's going to be interesting.