I’m only sitting with my first version this weekend.
For Event 1 the leading bot will always win. By lead I mean the bot manages a full screen lead.
This assumes both bots follow the same logic.
I think mirroring the match for the first few tiles will be best. That gives both bots a chance to hit their “optimum” gears.
In the attached example the top car has a very small chance to keep up with the bottom one. Event 1 is fairly simple, once you have the lead you win.
So I’m all for a start Symmetrical for x rounds.
Running 2 matches could help, but it poses its own problems. Don’t feel its needed to make the whole map symmetrical, as it will keep cars on their own sides. Which will be bad.