Anyone can drive fast. The secret is not to stop unexpectedly.
Don't mix up driving well with driving fast. Driving well means that you take into account everything all the time - hazards, road bends, cambers, bumps, revs, throttle opening, steering angle, the way your car will respond to your inputs BEFORE you apply your inputs, laws (speed limits, no overtaking etc) how you are feeling (tired, anxious etc), and most importantly of all the limit of YOUR talent.
If you take all this in (continuously), and push so that you sit at a level where you feel still well in control and can still act if something unexpected happens, you will be a fast driver for your car and your talents. If you drive like that I will guarantee that you will keep learning and honing your skills.
I disagree with Autoholic. Balls is not what you need to drive fast. It is intelligence.
There are many people I see that do not understand their talents, nor the talents of their car. They don't listen to what the car is telling them. These people are ticking time bombs. It happens often that I think a guy will have an incident on a track day and that they prove me right.
There are also people that don't listen to the car but know that they don't have the talent to explore it. These people are fine, until they drive under extraordinary circumstances such as very cold asphalt, snow, very heavy rain, or a greasy track.
I've driven the Nürburgring in around 9 mins in my 458. Knowing the track better, I could maybe make that 8:30. The car can do it in 7:30. Does that make me a fast driver? Not in the eyes of Fernando Alonso or even a slow circuit racer. But it will be plenty fast for most passengers.
People, for some reason, always want to compare themselves to the very best, and often are delusional about what they can do with a car. Nobody in their right mind would think they can play tennis like Roger Federer. And yet when they look at Formula 1, they think "I could do that".
Above all, stay safe. Be more aware than other people. Try to act instead of react. Try to avoid sliding your car but know ow to correct a slide. And you will be a competent, safe, and fast driver.
Track days help a lot, and so do driving courses.
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