So here is my update.
At the moment my 3ds Is touch and go with the r and or l buttons.
They are unresponsive about 40% of the time and i Have yet to find a solution to this problem other than sending it in for repair or opening it myself (thank god it doesn't have tri-wing screws) and re-alining the button and cleaning whatever may have caused it. My guess is lint/dust from being in my pocket often.
As far as clan functions i can race but only if my ds is nice and starts functioning regularly.
Has anyone else had these types of problems?