Thai ace believes this could be his week after shooting a second-round 68 to be nicely poised in joint-10th place Thai ace Thongchai Jaidee is using new equipment this week which he hopes will make the difference for him at the Omega Hong Kong Open. Judging by the way he played yesterday, the 2004 Asian Tour Order of Merit leader has every reason to believe his new driver is paying dividends. 'This week, I am using a new driver and iron and I am trying to get used to it. Everything seems to be going well,' said 35-year-old Thongchai, who shot a two-under-par 68 to go five under after two rounds and lie in joint-10th position. 'Conditions were a lot different today. Everybody seems to be hitting it on the left. I think I need to go to the driving range to check out my equipment again. It will take a week or so to get used to this new equipment but so far it's been good.' said the Thai, who had factory-made Callaway clubs from California ordered. 'I've changed my clubs to this brand for the past four months, but I am trying a new model. I have no complaints so far,' he said. Thongchai, who has won US$354,635 to lead the Asian money list, said he failed to find any greens in regulation but was still pleased with his play despite yesterday's blustery conditions. 'Yesterday I played well and today I followed that up with another good round. But the problem for me is that I missed all the greens on par-threes. 'I am in a good position today. It's another good position after two days' play. Maybe I will start thinking about winning tomorrow,' laughed Thongchai, who had four birdies and two bogeys for a steady second round. The former paratrooper with the Royal Thai Army said playing in the Hong Kong Open brought out the best in him. 'I'm always excited when I play in the Hong Kong Open and this is one of the tournaments I look forward to playing every year,' said the Thai, who missed last week's Volvo China Open because of commitments in the United States. Thongchai's compatriots also flew the Thai flag proudly. Thammanoon Srirot carded a 68 for a share of 10th with Thongchai, while Prayad Marksaeng also returned a 68 and lies in 21st position. Thaworn Wiratchant fired a 70 for 37th place and yet another Thai, Boonchu Ruangkit, also made the cut after carding a 71 yesterday. Meanwhile, Harmeet Kahlon led a quartet of Indian players safely through to the third round. Kahlon found the going tough but did well enough to make the weekend despite a one-over-par 71. Kahlon had fired himself into contention on Thursday with a 66. Amandeep Johl overcame some 'technical hitches' with his game to complete a satisfying round that left him lying in joint 45th. Johl improved on his 71 on Thursday by firing a one-under-par 69. 'It was a good day. I struck the ball much better today. I was having some problems yesterday but I struck the ball good. I finally got a few putts going in,' said the 35-year-old, who was among the first-round leaders in this tournament last year. 'I started off shaky with bogeys on three and four so I was going two over after the first four holes. I then clawed my way back with birdies on five, eight, bogeyed nine and then had birdies 0n the 10th, 11th and 12th in a row. 'In fact the last two years I was leading the field in this tournament [he started last year's tournament with a 66]. But this year it has been a shaky start. It's been good rounds first and it went bad progressively,' he said. 'I want it the other way around. I am going to play well on the weekend hopefully.' Fellow Indian Gaurav Ghei had no problems making the cut after returning a 70 to follow his 68 from the first day, while Jeev Milkha Singh will also play over the weekend despite carding a three-over-par 73 yesterday. He lies in joint-69th position thanks largely to a 69 on Thursday.