The most recent pvp competition required 100gold to enter. I had the gold so no problem, but if I didn’t have the gold I would have had to buy some for real cash. Ok, now let’s look at the competition itself, you can spend gold to refill your tickets when you run out..so if you buy gold with cash you can get extra turns to race, this gives you a large advantage. Now let’s look at the game on more of a broad view. Certain cars are only available through using keys. Even using the keys doesn’t guarantee you will get the desired car.. so folks who spend money on keys get more chances, not only for getting the cars only available with keys but also when they don’t get their desired car, they get food for the cars they keep. Taking all of this in account, it seems that the FTP people have no chance.