Adam Carroll finished just outside the points on his Formula E debut in Hong Kong, taking 12th position.
Despite qualifying in 14th place, the Jaguar driver dropped down to 17th after being handed a grid penalty.
Carroll occupied 15th spot in the early stages of the race and eventually moved up three places by the chequered flag.
It was a strong performance from Carroll, whose power management was impressive throughout the race. Round two is in Morocco on 13 November.
The race was won by Swiss driver Sebastien Buemi.
A sensational overtake on a struggling Jose Maria Lopez around the outside of the chicaine was a race highlight for Carroll.
The Northern Irishman was released to fight his team mate Mitch Evans, eventually passing the New Zealand driver before taking his mandatory car swap with 20 laps to go.
He took a different strategy by pitting later than many of his rivals, a move which temporarily seen the Portadown driver move up to second place.
He filtered back down to 12th place after all the drivers had made their pitstop, and that was his finishing position.
The race was also Jaguar's debut, with Evans failing to finish the race.