Victor Riu and Aaron Rai moved into a share of the halfway lead of the Terre dei Consoli Open, reaching eight under par after round two – a mark shared by José-Filipe Lima and overnight leader Rhys Enoch.
Rai and Riu thrived in cold and wet morning conditions before Enoch and Lima had to battle gusting winds, albeit in bright Italian sunshine, at Terre dei Consoli Golf Club.
Frenchman Riu, winner of the 2013 Swiss Challenge, had a slow start to his round but ignited on the back nine, two eagles helping him home in 32 for a three under par second round of 69.
England’s Rai shot the round of the day, an outstanding 66 – later matched by Italian Filippo Bergamaschi – that has moved him in contention for a maiden Challenge Tour title.
The 21 year old has come close to breaking his duck several times on his debut season on the Road to Oman, finishing in the top four on three occasions, but despite sitting 14th in the Rankings he is refusing to get ahead of himself.
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