YEAH, those times you are running seems to be my best also. What mods do you have. At least I know I am as fast as a manual, and you are a 3-door at that....let me know.
Look at my sig, you are not alone....there was my exact same car, manual, ran a 17.1.....I didn't know our times were so slow.....the ST with out group ran a best of 15.2 I think. He was the only one that got traction right off the bat. I kept spinning like a mofo...which is stupid because I don't have a lot of engine mods.