I just did the normal version of this for the first time tonight. It's broken there too. I was killed, respawned, and as soon as I engaged impulse engines, I was hit by a lance and killed again. From the respawn point. However, I have to disagree with the suggestion to lower the damage of the plasma torps. They are killable, they just are something else to worry about. I killed three before they hit me, so it's doable.