The Risi Competizione Ferrari 430 GT of Jaime Melo, Johnny Mowlem and Mika Salo has officially been retired from the 2007 24 Hours of Le Mans due to damage to a water pump following an accident which occurred at 0610 hrs this morning.

Having led the GT2 class for 11 hours, Jamie Melo was unfortunate to come across oil on the Mulsanne straight which pitched him into a spin, ending in the barriers.

Although repairs were carried out quickly and efficiently by the Risi Competizione team, as always, the full extent of the damage did not become apparent for some considerable laps. Mika Salo re-joined the race, albeit some 17 laps adrift from the class leader, but was unable to continue further than 0842 hrs this morning.

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