Fabulous read @Paul Jeffrey the real enthusiasm and joy shines through. That first real drive of the Nordschleife is a great feeling isn't it? The even better news is that feeling never really wears off no matter how many times you go. You had a good instructor too, lots of qualify description, "feel the compression" where to position the car etc which are all the cues you need to learn the track for real. In my opinion, you did this all the right way with RSR and good quality instruction. I was lucky enough to live an hour or so away from the 'ring for a few years when it was far less busy and an awful lot cheaper, and I've been back a few times since, often with a trip to Spa on the way. It's great to catch the real car / trackday / instruction bug but just be prepared for sim racing to look exceptionally cheap, in financial terms, by comparison. If you move on to using your own car on the track and enjoy a few laps the cost of a fancy DD wheel will be gone in one outing - track fees, tyres, brakes, maintenance, track insurance (if you bother). The Golf R is a great car to start your adventure in too, fast but about as safe as it gets too. My previous Cupra 280, pretty much the same car but FWD only (my daily driver at the time but it still did the odd track day) was good fun on track, especially on Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres. As for the DSG vs Manual gearbox that's another whole debate but the DSG does mean you can concentrate more on the track and still manually downshift if you want the extra engine braking - I doubt many people are quicker with a manual. The only downside with the VAG cars is the stability nanny is never really fully off no matter what the onboard settings say, probably a good thing in a road car. If the bug has really bitten I can recommend a few cheaper and easier ways to get another fix: + Cadwell Park is called as known as "the Mini-Nürburgring" for good reason. 8/10ths of the fun and a lot closer to home, the jump over The Mountain is always exciting. + RenaultSport provide great support for track days and the RS Clio's and Megane's are an affordable way into track days etc, they often have a range of RS cars at events for you to try out too. + Porsche Driving School at Silverstone is fabulous, I've been a few times and was there a couple of weeks ago for a Cupra launch event and they know how to make events fun and track time enjoyable. + Motorsport Events https://www.motorsport-events.com/ are a fabulous company to deal with if you want friendly affordable track days with great instructors. Consistently the safest track days I've been on and plenty of track time and space to learn and go flat out once confidence is built. Enjoy the real track, it's a fun, if slightly expensive, journey!