Team Japan driver Hayanari Shimoda has been released from hospital and pronounced fit following his dramatic smash in the A1 Grand Prix of Nations at Eastern Creek in Australia.

Shimoda spent the night in the High Dependency Unit of the local Westmead hospital under the care of the trauma team who discharged him on Monday after confirming all the tests they ran on him were 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 A1 Team Japan's team manager, Malcolm Swetnam.

Shimoda's crash occurred in the Feature race at Eastern Creek Raceway after the Japanese driver had been battling for position. The accident occurred as Shimoda went wide on to the gravel sideways, pitching his car into a roll.

The series organisers were happy with how the car stood up to the roll.

"The massive accident that Hayanari Shimoda suffered proved the strength of the A1 chassis," said A1 Grand Prix's 'Global Operations Manager,' John Wickham. "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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