The appeal of this type of game, IMO, is exactly rising through the ranks taking a team from rags to riches; however, the AI cheating doesn’t sound too good to me.
From what I’ve seen, the low expectations team is full of placeholders and everyone/everything should be upgraded ASAP.
During the race weekend, tire choice and pit strategy make or break the race - looks like that’s where an experienced player can make the difference and snatch unexpected results, whereas a noob will spend seasons making all kinds of mistakes until they get the hang of all the systems.
That’s what happened in games like CM2k (which I used to love), too.
GT claims to come with extensive changes that affect race dynamics and strategy; Endurance is appealing to me, I liked that kind of competition, back when I sim raced.
The irony: I had forgotten to add the game to my wishlist, so my notifications came in late - it didn’t dawn on me that those were part of the Black Friday deals, until, after taking my time doing research, I headed to the stores only to find it was no longer discounted anywhere.
Hopefully I’ll get another shot at it in a month or so.
Looks like the PC version was actually remade from scratch. I don’t know the details, but I caught glimpse of discussions where it was maintained the two games only have a name in common, with the mobile version designed to support playing in short burst, and the PC game being much more involved.