The secret to winning is well known: Don’t slow down! Well OK, at least try to minimize the amount of non-speed that you generate while braking.
Learning how to use all of the braking capability of your car is hard to do. It is a scary, high g event that starts when you are going as fast as you will ever go. If your car produces a significant amount of aerodynamic downforce, it is even harder because the maximum potential braking rate at the beginning is very high and falls off rapidly as the downforce and drag disappear. Even without downforce, the range of tire slip velocity that you have to maintain is very narrow and there are some harsh penalties for exceeding that slip velocity range: flat spotted tires, sliding off the line, getting passed, or a high speed spin.