I'm having this same issue as well on the PC. But just for trying to get into the weekly event race. I have no problem getting into ranked or unranked races. 5 attempts to get in so far. All have ended up in the error. Then just goes to endless load screen saying communicating with online services....
I'm having an issue where the game isn't recognizing the microphone most of the time. Voice commands and multiplayer voice chat dont work when this happens. I usually have to restart the game the 3-6 times before it will recognize it. The PC and every other application register and pick up the mic just fine. Anyone else experience this and or have a solution for it. There doesn't appear to be any microphone settings in the game to work in the menus. Thanks.