Seeing many complaints over this, and it's a lil' easier to pop up a thread, IMO.
If folk have other tips/advice here, please, help out a fellow forum user and drop any ideas in.
Before launching anything, be sure to turn matchmaking off in the settings options, and to 'remain as host' too, essential to retain control. Start>Online>Options.
Me, I host these all the time, sometimes I'm alone, or my boy runs the races as I do other things while my passive income runs. 8 minutes is approx. $16k alone. Not game changing cash, but when doing sweet FA, it's better money than wasting time on missions. Easy cash is easy cash, this is all I do to fill a race though, and once the ball is rolling, you'll clean up, I hope, lol.
Start a popular race, Plummet or something snappy and seemingly quite popular. Be sure to have matchmaking turned off in the options/settings menu beforehand as noted.
1st race, set to what ever really. It's almost a write off anyhow, the first one is to get that ball rolling. Hell, forget the non-contact part here even, and let the kids dick about. If you see they are all noobs, turn off custom cars, they often just won't race against tuned cars without one, can't blame folk there, lol. Anyway, this first race will take time to fill, so don't hang about, get 3, 4, 5 people in, and go.
Play around in there, let them think they'll win. Do whatever, but don't destroy them and win by half a minute, lol. Again, players knowing they'll lose, puts many off the next race if the lost this one by an age. (Everyone wants to feel like they'll win, fair point mind).
After the race is where it'll take, and it might even take 2 races to get that ball rolling, but once at the vote screen, follow the others, as you've set the matchmaking off, also have it set so as you are host on next job too. Once in that next jobs settings screen, open matchmaking asap, and it should start to fill far quicker, so much quicker as players from other races are being dumped in yours too. The game has a habit of needing that 1st job or 2 to get the game realising your activity is 'open to all' or some sh*t. Very hard to fill jobs when starting them cold, but lobbies always fill quick afterwards and we voted to the next job, works the same on contact missions too, in my experience.
Basically, write off race 1, retain control, and don't return to freemode, they fill ever so quickly once you get in that 'active pool'. (Didn't know how best to say it, techno talk ain't my thing - Sorry if I made this seem long winded, but for me, this works gold - Once races are 'hot' then my Pariah/Vagner comes out, lol).
Genuinely, after last nights joy, still works well. And when you get stuck in there, the money is easily comparable to most anything, and the RP cannot be beaten, not with this frequency.
By all means, lock her up if this is nonsense to all, but it's where I had success here. And again, if others know of useful hosting/winning race tips, always welcome.
Peace guys, happy racing.