There's one thing you guys are forgetting about this... He went into that corner pretty much blind. All he knew about it is MAYBE remembering a little about it from last year and what his co-driver told him.
Do that on a corner you've never driven before, with only a good technical description about 10 seconds before you arrive. THEN you'll be Mr. Bad A$$.
Don't waste another minute waiting on parts, or anything else. Just get out there and start racing! You will suck at first, and you will be slower than many other cars, but the only thing you will regret is not starting earlier...