At 12-under-par 132, the Englishman leads by one stroke over Henrik Bjornstad (68), Andrew Marshall (68) and Jorge Berendt (66), while local Frenchman Raphael Jacquelin sits in outright fifth at 10-under following a 65.
Coming off a spotless 66 on Day 1, Bennett opened his round on a down note Friday with a bogey at the first, but then immediately birdied the second and rattled in three more red numbers over his front nine holes.
He kept up his strong play over the second nine, offsetting another bogey with four birdies, including one at the closing par-4 18th.
After the round, Bennett explained: Its not that demanding a course from tee to green, but you have to be pretty switched on to hit it close on the greens.
While Bennett is currently 25th on the Volvo Order of Merit list and having an exceptional year on the European Tour, Berendt is attempting to avoid a return to Qualifying School.
Last year I missed the cut in two of my last three tournament and didnt finish well enough in the other one, so I had to go to the school, claimed the 37-year-old Argentinian.
My first goal was to make the cut here this week to try and help but now I am in a position to do even better.
Speaking of that cut, it came at 2-under 142 and included 71 players.
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