Norris took to Nurtau Golf Club like a duck to water and shot 68 on day one, followed by his Friday round of 67, which led him to the weekend on nine-under-par.
The two-time Sunshine Tour winner has been building towards something big for a while, especially since finishing tied fourth at the Sun Wild Coast Sun Challenge a fortnight ago.
This week is the right time for Norris to be playing well, because the Kazakhstan Open is the third-richest event on the Challenge Tour schedule and offers up €450,000 in prize money.
The South African is no stranger to big events and was eighth at the Alfred Dunhill Championship last year. He recently shared 49th place at the M2M Russian Open and will look for a serious result in Kazakhstan, hoping to build on his current share of second place as he heads into the weekend.
Also making some headway was Haydn Porteous, who carded 71 on Friday to rise into a share of 21st at the 36-hole mark. The young star turned in 32, but gave some shots back on the second nine and had to settle for a round of one-under-par.