Shimoda discharged from hospital

Hayanari Shimoda was declared fit this morning following his high-speed accident in the A1 Grand Prix race at the Eastern Creek circuit

The 21-year old spent the night in the High Dependency Unit of Westmead hospital for observation, but was discharged today after all the tests confirmed he was fine.

"We were concerned about his condition after such a heavy impact, however, the news we received this morning that he was recovering well was just what we wanted to hear," said Team Japan's team manager Malcolm Swetnam.

Shimoda's car was destroyed after it hit a concrete wall side-on during the race. The car then continued to roll against the wall, splitting in two.

A1 Grand Prix's operations manager John Wickham added: "The massive accident that Hayanari Shimoda suffered proved the strength of the A1 chassis.

"We have always made driver safety one of the prime concerns of the A1 Grand Prix series and everyone involved in the building of our cars felt yesterday's accident proved the strength of these cars. We are all delighted that he is recovering well."

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