@Christian G I never thought of it like that but I can see the dilemma; even if I wish it wasn't so! @Skidmark What I'm about to suggest isn't a solution but it's a compromise that I use for some good racing against the AAI and with a chance to win! I still race with the AAI BUT I don't bother qualifying and just set my starting position at between 6th & 10th place; depending on how much of a challenge I want to get first place. I think this works because of the AAI's variation between qualifying strength and race pace Typically when qualifying against the AAI I qualify in the middle 1/4ers of the pack (eg if I there are 32 cars on track; I qualify between 8th & 24th). My qualifying position greatly varies between tracks because it feels like the qualifying strength of the AI varies between tracks. Chang is a good example where the AI qualify strong so I always qualify near the back but pretty quickly make my way up the field during the race. The actual race pace of the AAI however seems to be more consistent over the tracks with the front runners race pace always within touching distance of my own. However, dependant on the length of the race, it can be almost impossible to win if you start too far back in the pack because fighting for a position slows you down too much to catch first place. So for me when racing AAI, starting between 6th-10th place gives me a good chance of placing in the top 3 at the end. I just miss the qualifying experience and challenge but dang the racing is good!