It's not easy, it's easy if you like arcade games but if you're used to play with your brain instead of using your hands it's not. I've always been lame at race/soccer/whatever game implying to click on stuff at the right time. I know you can jump, roll, etc, but every time i want to play the race it takes me 5-6 attemps, which is an obvious waste of time to me. I master all STFs, fleet actions, but i'm completely lame at this race. I'm a RTS player, not an arcade game one, sorry.
Strangely enough, my passion for gaming lies in the RTS genre too, never been any good at arcade. But it's not really arcade style, the trick is sliding, don't jump or roll (I know everybody says to do that, but whenever I try it I jump or roll right out of the lane), slow down and slide at corners then sprint in the direction to recover.
Though if you don't want the ship, the race is kind of pointless either way to you lol.