I have the same exact set-up. The opening you point to, on my car, has a built in brace and has only small areas that are clearly open to the clutch. After 11,000 miles it has caused no noticeable problems...
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Just an idea here but it might be for the purpose of venting some heat generated buy slipping the clutch as you start and stop during daily driving. Someone designed it this way there must be some reason for it, perhaps it is part of the manufactiring process?
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