McGee lurking in Challenge de España
 Ruaidhri McGee during the 2017 Irish Challenge. PictureL Jimmy Penrose

Ruaidhri McGee during the 2017 Irish Challenge. PictureL Jimmy Penrose

Derry’s Ruaidhri McGee blasted eight birdies in a four-under 68 to go into the final round just four shots off the pace in the Challenge de España.

The 27-year old is tied for eighth on six-under-par as he bids for his maiden win on Europe's second tier tour with Michael Hoey just one stroke further back in 12th after a 69.

Wil Besseling and Oscar Lengden share the lead on ten under par following a sun-baked day at Izki Golf.

The duo, playing in the penultimate group of the day, passed overnight leader Julien Brun with a string of birdies on the back nine.

Swede Lengden carded a four under par 68 while Besseling went one better by signing for a 67.

Ardglass' Cormac Sharvin, the first round leader, signed for a 74 and lies tied 36th on two-under.

McGee birdied the first and followed a bogey at the fourth with three birdies in a row from the sixth to turn in 33.

The then double bogeyed the par-four 10th, birdied the 11th and 12th to get to three-under before following another bogey at the 13th with birdies at the 16th and 18th.

Challenge de España, Izki Golf, Urturi, Spain (Par 72)

Detailed scores

206 W Besseling (Ned) 69 70 67, O Lengden (Swe) 69 69 68, 

207 C Braeunig (Ger) 69 72 66, J Brun (Fra) 69 66 72, 

209 J Sjöholm (Swe) 70 70 69, R McGowan (Eng) 72 71 66, N Lemke (Swe) 71 69 69, 

210 A Rozner (Fra) 70 72 68, Ruaihri McGee (Irl) 72 70 68, M Ford (Eng) 71 67 72, T Santos Silva (Por) 74 71 65, 

211 E Goya (Arg) 69 73 69, A Knappe (Ger) 73 69 69, F Bergamaschi (Ita) 71 73 67, Michael Hoey (Nir) 71 71 69, 

212 C Feldborg Nielsen (Swe) 71 70 71, P Angles (Esp) 70 73 69, N Geyger (Chi) 70 72 70, N Johansson (Swe) 71 70 71, J Senior (Eng) 70 70 72, J Hansen (Den) 72 72 68, 

213 V Perez (Fra) 72 72 69, R McEvoy (Eng) 73 70 70, P Barjon (Fra) 70 71 72, L Nemecz (Aut) 73 68 72, M Haastrup (Den) 74 71 68, M Kim (Kor) 70 73 70, S Khan (Eng) 72 70 71, S Tarrio Ben (Esp) 73 72 68, J Huldahl (Den) 72 70 71, A Meronk (Pol) 67 70 76, B Hellgren (Swe) 73 72 68, R Langasque (Fra) 72 69 72, D Boote (Wal) 71 73 69, J Pastor (Esp) 68 73 72, 

214 J Doherty (Sco) 73 68 73, J Van Der Vaart (Ned) 75 69 70, R Santos (Por) 71 72 71, J Quesne (Fra) 69 73 72, R Van West (Ned) 70 73 71, Cormac Sharvin (Nir) 65 75 74, R Enoch (Wal) 69 72 73, P Figueiredo (Por) 76 69 69, C Mivis (Bel) 71 71 72, N Von Dellingshausen (Ger) 67 71 76, P Mejow (Ger) 72 71 71, R Sciot-Siegrist (Fra) 72 69 73, 

215 A Tadini (Ita) 74 70 71, G Stal (Fra) 71 69 75, B Virto (Esp) 71 73 71, A Arnaus (Esp) 73 72 70, P Maddy (Eng) 72 72 71, 

216 M Gradecki (Pol) 70 75 71, J Maw (Eng) 74 68 74, B Parker (Eng) 75 68 73, E De La Riva (Esp) 76 69 71, 

217 H Leon (Chi) 74 71 72, 

218 D Berna Manzanares (Esp) 72 71 75, D Borda (Esp) 70 74 74, R De Sousa (Sui) 72 73 73, T Linard (Fra) 71 73 74, 

219 P Erofejeff (Fin) 70 75 74, H Joannes (Bel) 75 68 76, J Adams (Eng) 73 72 74, A Chapman (Eng) 78 66 75, 

220 M Lundberg (Swe) 73 72 75, M Galiano Aguilar (Esp) 71 73 76, 

222 F Aguilar (Chi) 74 71 77, X Gorospe (am) (Esp) 73 72 77.