Philipp Buhl grabbed a share of the lead at the Laser Standard World Championships ©Getty Images

Germany's Philipp Buhl and France's Jean-Baptiste Bernaz are the new co-leaders after day two of the Laser Standard World Championships in Melbourne.

Both sailors claimed a pair of victories in their fleets at Sandringham after demonstrating extra speed on the course.

They each have three points to lead after both also recorded race victories yesterday.

Buhl's other finish, a fourth, and a seventh recorded by Bernaz, are currently discarded.

"It was a speed race today," said Buhl, a World Championship bronze medallist in 2018.

"The wind was shifty, so good starts also helped."

Bernaz recovered from being yellow-flagged in the second race, which meant he had to carry out penalty turns.

"The second race was a dragster, where we all banged the left corner," he said.

"But I was leading from the beginning, I am very happy."

Jean-Baptiste Bernaz also earned a share of top spot on day two ©Getty Images
Jean-Baptiste Bernaz also earned a share of top spot on day two ©Getty Images

The nearest challengers to Buhl and Bernaz are yesterday's co-leaders, Australia's Finn Alexander and Croatia's Olympic silver medallist Tonci Stipanovic.

Alexander was second and 15th and Stipanovic was second and 13th, leaving both on five points.

Australia's world number one Matt Wearn moved up from 10th to sixth and now has a tally of eight.

He claimed two runners-up finishes today.

Reigning Olympic and world champion Tom Burton is in 25th position after coming home ninth and seventh, leaving him with 23 points.

Burton will not race at Tokyo 2020 as Wearn has been allocated the Australian spot.

Racing will continue in Melbourne tomorrow.

The event is a key test in the build-up to Tokyo 2020, with sailors battling for national selection.  

Among the intriguing national battles is a tussle between Britain's Michael Beckett and Elliot Hanson, who are currently separated by a single point in 10th and 11th.