If you can't drift the corner don't try just brake hard and turn. Only drift corners that a wide enough for you to slide out wide. When driting use a combo of both bakes and put the power in at the end of the drift to controll it. When speeding along a straight carefull not to get to close to the edges to keep your speed up. When you get to the end of the straight use both brakes but only tap the E-brake so that you don't loose controll.
Choose a car that you like the feel of, don't just go for the fastest, test drive the cars to get the feel. Look for: Good braking distance Good accelaration A decent top speed Test drive a lot of cars you like the look of and see what can get round the track the fastest and the easyest.
When you go to take a corner, choose what kind of drift you perform carefully, what I mean by this is, if the corner is really tight and narrow, try a breaking power over instead of an e-brake, it wont get you too many kudos, but it is more controllable for beginners and it wont have the tendency to slide you to the outside of the track. If you are going for kudos, then use the e-brake, it will allow you to drift longer for more kudos.
Btw, the F1 McLaren is the greatest car in the game, accelerates beautifully, it's fast and it can drift like nobodies business, but it's not as uncontrollable as the Ferrari supercar.
There is a secret of Oblivion, a deadly secret. The secret is called, "Tim" Tim is a magical warrior only able to be seen after you complete all of the game 100%. Once you do that go to the arena and say, ready for challange and you will face Tim. Be prepared for Tim has the Tim Cloth Set. He has The Tim Shirt, The Tim Pants, The Tim Shoes, The Tim Hat, and Tim's Bat. Thats the most powerful set on the game. Its so powerful that it can make Tim not eat his cornbread.
P.S. If you don't believe me call Tim. His number is 664-1856.