Also welcome to the Forum.
I would hazard a guess that your problem has very little to do with the particular time gap between audio tracks but more to do with the Quality of the Blank CD Media you are using.
Suggest obtaining known proven quality blank CD Media the consistently produces quality error free results such as Taiyo Yuden or Verbatim CD Media.
Also Microsoft Windows Media XP is an absolute garbage software program for recording CDâ€™s or for that matter any other function.
Suggest visiting the General Software Forum Read First posting titled â€œFree Downloadsâ€ (http://club.cdfreaks.com/f3/free-downloads-your-welcome-128075) and under â€œCD/DVD Burningâ€ use on of the software programs listed there.