Graeme Storm recorded a second successive 68 to share the halfway lead with compatriot Steve Webster at the Moravia Silesia Open presented by ALO Diamonds - then set himself the challenge of producing two more identical rounds.
The Englishman did all his scoring on the way out with four birdies after starting at the tenth tee to reach eight under for the tournament.
“I thought if I could shoot three or four under a day because the weather is perfect,” revealed the former Open de France ALSTOM winner. “Although it is a little tricky with the wind changing all over the place. If I can stick to that, that is my goal.
“I think that would do the job. I'm not saying I'm going to win but I'm hoping to be contending right at the death. I've been playing nicely.”
The 31 year old, who worked in a cake factory in Hartlepool during the early part of his career to make ends meet, was also full of praise for the Miguel Angel Jiménez-designed course at Prosper Golf Resort.
“The hospitality is fantastic and the tournament has been run fantastically. There are some really nice holes, like the par three 15 down the hill is a great hole,” he added.
“The par fives are reachable but tight. It is nice here in the Czech Republic. The weather is fantastic and we are getting some spectators. It is nice to come to new venues - the scenery is fantastic with the hills.”
Alongside Storm is compatriot Webster, the 34 year old adding a round of 70 to his opening 66.
The 2007 Portugal Masters champion suffered a double bogey six at the 14th after losing his tee shot in the rough, but five birdies ensured he remained in contention.
“I'm looking forward to playing at the weekend,” he said. “I've played good this year - a couple of seconds so I'm knocking on the door. If you keep knocking, it will open.”
The pair sit one shot clear of two more Englishman - John Bickerton and Sam Little - Spain’s Ignacio Garrido and Dutch duo Robert-Jan Derksen and Maarten Lafeber, the latter looking for a first top ten finish since January.
“It was a pity to finish with a bogey but it was a bad tee shot,” said Lafeber. “It is satisfying though as it is no secret that I've not played well this year but I've been working hard and signs are I'm playing better. The pins are not easy and for me it is a good score.”
Jiménez safely made the cut with a 71 leaving him two under par.