Australia's Lucas Parsons has taken a firm grip on the Challenge de Sable in France after a second successive 67 left him three strokes clear of the field.
The 29 year old is on 10-under-par 134, three clear of Gustavo Rojas of Argentina, winner of the Open dei Tessali last week, who carded 69 as did Stephen Scahill of New Zealand, beaten into second place in the Luxembourg Open a fortnight ago, and Johan Skold of Sweden.
Also on 137 are Marcello Santi of Italy with 67 and Sweden's Kalle Brink, who carded a best-of-the-day 66.
Parsons has a particular liking for the Sable course. Having run up an eagle and seven birdies in round one, he notched another eagle in round two but only four birdies as he cut his output of bogeys.
Mikael Lundberg, who shared the overnight lead with Parsons, had to settle for a 71 and is among a group on 138 along with the best placed British player, Scott Watson, who went round in 68.
The cut came at one-under-par 143 and 62 players including two amateurs will contest the final two rounds over the weekend.
The best recoveries were made by Englishmen Andrew Clapp, who carded a 68 after a first round 75 to survive on the limit as did Simon Wakefield, who followed a 74 with 69.