Been driving a manual since age 17. That makes 29 years. If I have gone like 4-5 days without driving my M3, I really start to miss the manual experience. I think I am pretty damn good at it, if I do say so myself. DCT will still give an advantage in a first gear start from a standstill, but little beyond that for me in terms of measurable performance.
Audi S6 * Audi S3 * Porsche Cayman GTS
--Former BMW M3 owner