Safety Cars will remain employed through the remainder of this season, and probably will remain employed in any major NDR series for a long time to come.
No driver ever in the history of LFS has shown me the ability to respect yellow flags for the time it takes for one to issue the keystroke that sends one to spectate. Therefore, everyone will be slowed and the course neutralized until we deem everything fit to return to racing. Yes, there may be no actual life danger, but Safety Cars are part of major series, and add an element that requires quick on-feet thinking and not just sticking to a pre-race strategy and truly tests a driver or drivers and team. In fact, even if people showed me the ability to respect yellow flags for the time it takes a car to spectate, then I would still employ safety cars for the fact that it allows for a variety of strategy and does truly test a driver and team's ability to think on the feet and make the best of the unexpected situation. That's testing skill, not providing entertainment.
There was no consideration of the "entertainment" factor a Safety Car provides in the implementation of the rule, and I in fact find it entirely disrespectful that you suggest that we as an organizing body employ Safety Cars solely for the entertainment value.
The wave-around will be eliminated for the remainder of the 2013 GT1 World Series. Unfortunately I do expect that those who wanted it removed will instantly complain that it was removed the first time they are mucked about on a restart by a lapped car that would otherwise have been moved out of the way. That is the sole reason the wave-around was implemented, was to allow all lead-lap cars at the time of an SC to be together in the queue, and the fact that it allowed cars back onto a lap was a side-effect of the desired implentation based off of what nost LFS drivers can generally handle. Less thought required ususally equals smoother operations.
If you're noticing a common thread in this post, then good....most things are done the way they are because it's simpler for the number of drivers who do not like to engage their brain so much during a sim-race. There are plenty who do, who I appreciate, and those driver usually win whether or not the SC closes the field.
I will update the rules book on Saturday, as well as post Confirmations and PreQ thread.