Shiv Kapur carded a second successive 73 to be way down and tied 40th after the halfway stage of the Rolex Trophy on the European Challenge Tour here.

Kapur, who won the season’s first effort in Kensville Challenge in Ahmedabad earlier this year, has now shot 73-73.

In the 42-man field, Kapur struck three birdies and four bogeys - three in a stretch from fourth to eighth - on the front side of the course, which was his second nine.

Jose-Filipe Lima continued his impressive form with a lowest-of-the-day round of 65 to take a share of the lead at the midway stage.

The Portuguese is currently second in the Challenge Tour Rankings after a consistent campaign which has yielded six top 10s, including two runner-up finishes at the Norwegian Challenge and the Mugello Tuscany Open.

Earlier Sweden’s Jens Dantorp and England’s Robert Dinwiddie shot rounds of 67 for the second day in succession to lay down a marker which was met late in the day by Lima.

First round leader Daniel Gaunt endured a difficult start to his second round but rallied impressively on the back nine to sign for a round of 72 and join Denmark’s Thomas Norret (69), Spain’s Adrian Otaegui and American Brinson Paolini (both 70) at tied fourth on nine-under.

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