Yeah, CMDR Hanekura Shizuka and I had a long discussion during one of my Challenge runs about the flight characteristics of various ships in the Challenge, and if I'd had any doubts about not wanting an Anaconda before that, I didn't have any after. I have no time for ships that aren't fun to fly.To be honest, that's a very good reason, they're horrible to fly...
Of course, whenever I say that, I always feel like someone is going to question why I've spent so much time racing Haulers, but once a Hauler is stripped down to bare bones, it's surprisingly nimble even with D-rated thrusters.
That said, the MOST fun to fly ship for Challenge style racing is one that I plotted a route for but never actually got around to running (and the route I plotted is no good anymore for various reasons), that being the Fer-de-Lance. When you strip an FdL down to bare bones and put a tiny power plant in it, it's darn near impossible to overheat, and combined with its fast scooping (Class 5 scoop, Class 4 FSD) and its excellent SC maneuverability, it's pretty much Easy Mode (except for needing hours and hours to get there, of course).