We were gridded for quals based on our warmup times - which I had a high 1:35x and was slotted first. We leave the pits to an immediate green flag, so I run about a 7/10's lap trying to heat the tires and maintain a decent gap but w/o catching the rear of the field.
Nailing it right away on the BFG R1 tires wasn't ideal, but I didn't really have a choice with 50+ cars in the field there was never going to be clear track. I had a skid right away in T1 that cost my .7 seconds in looking at my data.
I think the first lap was a 1:34.2 - if not for the skid in lap #1 it'd been a mid 1:33; and a low 1:33 had I not had to let off right at the end to dodge the black car. Lap #2 was worse; a 1:35x so I pulled it in after that. Man how I was missing the open track of TT at this point! My time still took pole position by a 1/2 second.