The Offaly racer finished sixth in his first F3 qualifying session.
Clonbullogue's Alex Dunne has made a positive start to his weekend ahead of the Macau Grand Prix.
Dunne's formal debut in an F3 car saw him finish fifth in the first of two qualifying sessions ahead of Sunday's race.
The Hi-Tech racer's time of 2:06:158 was faster than the likes of Indy Car driver Marcus Armstrong, Red Bull protégé Isaac Hadjar, and two-time Macau Grand Prix winner Dan Ticktum.
FIA Formula Three prospect Gabriele Mini topped the session with an impressive 2:05:521.
All times recorded thus far are expected to be well beaten once the field run softer option tyres in the second qualifying session tomorrow.
The Grand Prix takes place on Sunday morning at 7:30am Irish time, with a qualifying race on Saturday at 7.50am.