I think the main characters are not racing to the end, they give up at some point.

Does it ring a bell to someone?

I don't know the name, author, language and I am trying to find the book.

Edit : I never consumed the content (ie read the book or comic), I think someone talked to me about it, I can't remember who and when but it was years ago (which does not help since sci-fi is decades old).

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    The concept of a space race with big prizes is very broad indeed, especially when you consider that it might be a book, story, novel, novel series, comic, graphic novel or whatever. – Valorum Sep 1 at 14:04
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    One of the thing that stuck to me was that the winner of said race got an insane reward, like a planet or solar system. How could it work was my concern : dictatorship, rents, unexplored worlds... It stayed in my mind as an open issue for a loooong time. So I clearly remember that detail. – Poutrathor Sep 1 at 14:43
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    OK, thanks. That rules out the book I was thinking of, "Rocket Jockey". – Organic Marble Sep 1 at 15:14