Armed with the brilliant advice that was so generously provided on this forum, I went on my first track day yesterday. It was an immensely enjoyable experience that I am keen to repeat.
I discovered the following
1. There is a lot to learn.
Reading about racing lines and load transfer is one thing and putting that knowledge into practice is something else. Having the theoretical background made me realise the potential for improvement and more importantly more enjoyment when these skills are gained and mastered.
2. The 718 Boxster handling is akin to sorcery
Even with my inexperience, I was able to take corners faster and ultimately lap faster than more powerful cars (M4 for example). I was amazed by how the car just turns in when you turn the wheel, where others get really flustered especially with consecutive opposite turns. I am sure its all the car's magical handling. Now I see what people mean by balance and rotation!
3. The limits of the 718 chassis cannot even be approached on the public road at sane speeds.
Following on from point 2 above, I realised just how much more these cars can do. I thought I was making the most of the car's ability during "spirited drives". But I have come to realise that there is a whole new dimension to what this chassis can do. I haven't even got to the level where I can switch off PSM and exploit the chassis to its fullest!!
4. Things can go wrong very quickly on the track.
I am very grateful to all those who stressed the point of being safe and not to push beyond one's limits. Of course, it seems obvious but in the heat of the moment, one can push hard only to find themselves in a bad situation that they cannot themselves out of. I kept that advice in my head the whole time, and on the last session of the day, there was a red flag. We later found out that a participant ran into a wall and trashed his car. Thankfully he wasn't hurt.
5. Driving a Porsche on track is HUGE fun!!
Saved the best for last! I had such a blast. There aren't many things that I have done before that compare. This experience made me more determined to come back, next time hopefully with an instructor.
Thanks, everyone and sorry for the long post.