Racing against NPC.
This is something I've been thinking about for this game and also heard about in one of your videos. How about the full race course being solid and with larger rings as in Freelancer for example. That way if mods are ever implemented the rings will already be the right size. On Freelancer Asgard I was a race host using existing race courses, trade lanes within the system and also multi system events from one system to the next. NPC's were also attacking racers and disrupting trade lanes. We had racing ships with a racing thrusters and were very poorly armed with only one weapon to avoid RP abuse and were also used as scout ships.