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Following feedback from you and further live environment analysis, we will shortly be updating the Ranked Multiplayer settings to run on Strict for Corner Cutting rules. Ranked multiplayer is intended to create a competitive environment that encourages people to race fairly against other drivers of a similar skill level. Fair racing isn’t just about respecting the space of the drivers around you, it’s also about respecting the track limits so that everyone is driving the same track and playing to the same rules. If there are significant penalty-free gains being exploited, that’s something we want to look into and correct where we can.
Originally, regular corner cutting rules were chosen as we didn’t want to punish players too heavily for mistakes, but after analysing the game in a live environment and the instances reported by the community, it became clear that leniency towards mistakes was too often being used to gain unfair advantages. Changing the Ranked lobbies to strict corner cutting rules should significantly cut down on these exploits.
I’ll update you once the change has rolled out to all platforms.