Remember, the short term goal is to learn how to safely drive your car at the limit. Acceleration is the easy, cornering is hard, braking is (IMO) the most difficult. The real challenge comes in when you mix acceleration and cornering and cornering and braking...even accelerating and braking in some odd circumstances. Drag racing down the straights is OK...dancing the car on the limit of traction in the turns...that's fun. You'll get there faster with a stock or lightly modded car.
Learn from my mistake.