I wonder how many of us used to build competition tracks for certain planned tricks & shortcuts.
Mark L. Rivers certainly did. I also did, on Debrecen, USC 2003.
Me too, USC/USL 2003-2011. Not so big tricks anyway, just some nice track element combos (like loop-small left-short tunnel-small right or loop-small left-banked right), so I would rather call it planned driving line.
Planned driving line, that's it really. I guess such practices are only evil if the shortcut is completely non-obvious.
(My tracks are often built like that, too: start from an rococo sector with a racing line which looks clever on paper, then build a track around it - then realize that it sucks and proceed to simplify the whole mess until it becomes drivable. In fact, I would say that is my main weakness as a designer, at least for tracks with shortcuts - such a method works much better with IRC tracks.)
I need one more guest track for December though
Good to know