finally sacked up and turned traction off for my last session last night. Wow, I didn't realize how communicative the rear end is in these things and how well balanced the car was. Took a second a lap (70 second lap) with TCS off versus MDM. I think I've seen the light!
*i should point out that I was surprised by the car's stability mainly due to the fact that the only other car I've tracked with no stability control was an overpowered, under sprung supra, which would try to spin itself at any given opportunity