Manual sequential is what you want, it will let you use the paddles but do the cluching for you. Although if you have a clutch pedal you might want to turn on the "Clutch Override" setting, this will allow you to use the clutch pedal for clutch kicks (handy for getting RWD to break traction quickly) but otherwise the game will control it for you.
After Dirt 4 i was pretty burned out on rally so I haven't been playing any rally games. My friend picked up Dirt Rally on sale and he asked for some tips, so today I reinstalled the game to get back into it, and I had no idea how much I missed it! I took the E30 around Pant Mawr and I nearly cried, it was amazing! No idea what happened to Dirt 4 but that "feeling" is just missing.
It's been 4 months, I think I've let this sit on my hard drive without being played for long enough. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I'm bummed it didn't work out the way I had hoped, but I won't say I didn't enjoy the 36 hours I played. I just didn't enjoy them *enough* to turn that 36 hours into 405 hours like Dirt Rally.
Steam reviews are saying performance is a bit crummy right now, but I like what I hear from you guys about the gameplay. I'll keep my eye on it I think. Sad to say Dirt 4 didn't win me over, mainly due to the stages. I'm willing to accept a slightly less realistic handling model as long as it feels somewhat believable and the stages are varied and interesting.
Not too impressed by the audio, but it's not the *worst* thing in the world. Ever since Dirt Rally, every other racing game's audio has sounded like crap to me. Thanks, @soundfx!