Actually, the times aren't preset, they vary around a certain point :P.
I wasn't saying I don't want multiplayer or competitivness in, I just don't like the idea of two cars starting at the same time on the same stage, because it doesn't happen. The proper way to do it would be like in a real rally, with a queue system.
Being able to see the other car just takes away from one of the main thrills of rallying: not knowing how you're doing in comparison to the other driver(s). Should you push more and risk an accident or have you really been nailing enough sections to maintain or lessen your pace? I think RBR will really emphasize decisions like this thanks to the fact that the AI makes mistakes and can crash and wreck their cars during the stages, the results of which you'll see as you drive. Also, the weather and time of day will vary each time you play, so improving on stages will not come as easy as CMR 2, or even that joke, CMR3.
If I misunderstood what you meant by head-to-head, please elaborate.