Bathurst pace car
Whilst I understand the need for a pace car as even I have to admit that people putting their lives in undue danger for my visual pleasure is probably not right, I must agree with the opinion that it discourages early pace.
Why risk your machinery by pushing hard early if 25 laps down the track the car you had pulled half a lap on is now 50 metres behind you. Whilst the ideal situation would be to "hold station" or maintain constant pace and spacing whilst a dangerous situation was rectified may be too hard (race control access to Pit Limiter software??) Why not , on a circuit the size of Bathurst introduce more than one safety car, say three that maintain the same speed and pick up different groupings, they may be located around the track and all go out at the same time.
This would not unduly punish those that had a go and also add a more complex strategy basis to the race. I guess the fact that CAMS often have trouble sending one pace car out at the right time so three would be near impossible.