The restart / qualify / exit votes will occur if a non-minority (50% or more) of connections with a player in the race votes for the event. The counting takes place all the time, so when someone spectates this can result in a restart. Simple to reproduce on a local server with two guests. Host and guests join race, one guest votes to restart, nothing happens, other guest spectates, race restarts.
The imminent restart is reported in a SMALL_VTA. Your InSim program has 3 seconds to cancel the vote action if required.
FIX : A rare but easy to reproduce crash affecting the new console versions
FIX : Case insensitivity now works on high value Latin characters in usernames
FIX : The hostXXXXX.txt file is now updated after using the /maxguests command
It's LFS resetting the codepage from a non-latin codepage back to Latin before displaying the rest of the message. Any ^<character> combination is a message to LFS to change how it's displaying text in some way. Either color, codepage, or other symbol.