Le Mans LE MANS, FRANCE, Sunday, June 13, 2010: At the half way mark of the world's toughest endurance race, Highcroft Racing has kicked off a fightback at Le Mans after suffering an unfortunate series of debris inflicted punctures.

With Marco Werner now behind the wheel, the Malaria No More Highcroft Racing machine remains second in the LMP2 class but is now three laps adrift of the leader - the sister HPD ARX-01c of Strakka Racing.

With roughly 14 hours remaining, Marino Franchitti suffered a punctured tire at the first corner and had to limp around the entire 8.5 miles to return the car to the pits. The Scotsman did a remarkable job to get the back for service without damaging the bodywork.

Le Mans After close inspection by the Michelin engineers, the deflated tire had suffered a debris inflicted puncture - the team's third of the night.

Werner climbed aboard the Highcroft machine at the half way point at 3:00am for a multiple stint run. David Brabham is then scheduled to take a dawn stint.

The 2009 American Le Mans Series LMP1 champions were 13th overall after 12 hours.

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"It was a very challenging couple of stints. We had a puncture which was very frustrating because it happened early right at the start of the lap.
"I had to drive it the whole way back at 60km/h to make sure we didn't do any damage to the bodywork.
"The performance was good at the start but we seemed to lose temperature as the stint went on and we struggled a bit - I don't think we were the only car having that issue.
"It was a shame to lose a couple of laps with the puncture but we are half way there and there is still a lot of race to come."

"It is like the 12 Hours of Sebring has just gone green - at least at Sebring is starts at 10.00am in the morning, rather than 3.00am!
"We just have to keep digging. That was the hallmark of Schumacher's career. Even when you thought he was out of it, you could never count him out because he would just keep digging and digging and digging.
"There is so much racing to go. We've had three punctures which is tough, but we are still on track and running strong."

-source: highcroft racing