According to Autotrader (if your friend's is a 04 as well):
Advantages of Focus ZX3 Base3dr Cpe compared to Lancer OZ-Rally4dr Sdn Manual
As configured, the MSRP is $3032 less ($12965 vs $15997). 10 more horsepower (130 vs 120). 150 pound(s) less base curb weight (2551 vs 2701).
Disadvantages of Focus ZX3 Base3dr Cpe compared to Lancer OZ-Rally4dr Sdn Manual
Single Zone Front AC available, versus Single Zone Front AC standard.
Remote keyless entry not available, versus standard.
Cruise control not available, versus standard.
Power windows not available, versus standard.
Power mirrors not available, versus standard.
Specialty wheels not available, versus Aluminum Wheels standard.
26.4 less miles cruising range in the city (343.2 vs 369.6).
26 less miles cruising on the highway (435.6 vs 462).
12.4 inches less length (168.1 vs 180.5 which may be a disadvantage).
It seems like if you have a manual, you should be able to take him.
Wait he paid for the auto trans...lol. Some people’s kids. Dude, just take him. Really with auto trans no skill is involved other than reaction time so just hit the gas and you will win with the 10 extra horses. The front stress bar won't help, but the intake should give you like 2 more horses so call it 12 extra.