I understand your point. But I think the spirit of the competitive time trial is to truly showcase driving talent. They could use a locked set-up, but people would complain that it didn't suit their style. This way, everyone has access to the identical cars, tracks and conditions to truly separate the wheat from the chafe. Of course, there are good drivers who know little of set-ups and good set-up engineers who can't drive in the top 5%. This TT is clearly favouring the drivers. I'd love to see a set-up contest where everyone drives the default set-up to their fastest ability and then a system of alternate set-ups gets utilized and ranked by how much it improves how many drivers from the default. The end-winner would be the set-up that had the largest total impact/improvement. But set-up experts may not want their secret sauce shared. If removing the sync in Steam addresses this issue for those who do not want to share and it doesn't interfere with anything else in AMS, I think the situation is resolved. There will still be the top drivers who can beat the rest of us regardless of whether we are using their set-up. My experience is that the less talented among us often do worse with a highly strung, super fast set-up anyway, so talent will always eventually rise to the top no matter what set-up or set-up restriction is used.