I know how you feel. I find the rubber-banding to be ridiculous. I will admit that I'm one of those people who has said "Lower the grade of tires you use and run 10% less PP than allowed!", however, I will also admit that all that really does is lengthen how much time it takes to catch the rabbit and eventually pass him for the lead. On a 5 lap race, you might be able to take the lead at some point in the 2nd lap, when adhering to the events guidelines. If you run that same race, but with reduced PP and lower grade tires, it might take you until the end of the 3rd lap, or maybe even the 4th lap to pass the rabbit, but that's only because you're not able to match the lap times you could when running according to the max allowed PP and tires. The rabbit car is still going to drive nice and slow, relatively speaking, until you catch it. Then it will drop the hammer and try to regain the lead. Admittedly, I don't have any experience with other racing games/sims. Still, I have a hard time believing that it's impossible for PD to give us a more challenging AI. What they've given us in GT6 is beyond pathetic. Have you ever looked at the leader board after a 5 lap A-Spec race? Look at the times of the drivers who finish 10th place or worse. It's like they don't even have any business being on the same race track. And the drivers who finish 5th-9th aren't too much better. On top of all of this, for some reason PD thinks that Expert Level means 650PP or more (usually). There is no such thing as a 400 or 450PP Expert Level race in Gran Turismo world. Why not? Is PD telling me that the Toyota 86 Race Car Base Model would never be driven by an "Expert" race car driver? It's only 410PP stock, but we all know you can have some wicked racing in that car!