I'm on the same page as you - no more gymkhana things, or at least do not make it required to go forward in the competitions. I would like to see a game more like Dirt 1, with longer stages, different tracks (tarmak and gravel in the same circuit) and trucks also. WRC has trucks in the desert, why wouldn't Dirt?
Excellent point about it being required. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy messing around with gymkhana sometimes, but making it required in career really detracted from the overall enjoyment of the game.