In a race, it is important that the car is well taken care of since this would determine the speed of your car in the race. Of course, you need to have the skill that can drive your car to its best. You also need to be fit to last long in the race as the bumps affect you too.
Wait for the signal and start your engine upon hearing the gun shot. Make sure that you stay on the road since that would keep your speed up. Besides, going out of the road is sure way to lose as the computer consider that a form of cheating.