FNIPPON: Krumm uninjured after big accident at CP Mine

Michael made a lightning start from eighth position on the grid, disposing of Team Malaysia driver Alex Yoong before the first corner and out braking his 5Zigen team mate, Champcar refugee Hattori, into the first corner. Comfortably running...

Michael made a lightning start from eighth position on the grid, disposing of Team Malaysia driver Alex Yoong before the first corner and out braking his 5Zigen team mate, Champcar refugee Hattori, into the first corner.

Comfortably running in sixth position Michael was planning to pit early in the race and was approaching the lap window that would allow him to pit and gain an advantage later in the race.

Approaching the chicane on lap ten , the car refused to turn in and pushed straight on. Michael gathered the car up and drove a precautionary lap, checking all was well - the car felt fine.

Two laps later with Michael pushing hard to regain lost time, the car again went straight on and Michael hit the wall - hard - destroying the right hand side of the car. Michael was uninjured in the accident.

" We are not sure yet exactly what happened, the first time I went off it felt like a problem with the differential creating push, but in the crash it was like the throttle stuck open. We will have to check the car before we have the answer. Fortunately the wall was not too hard where I hit, but it was a big shunt and I am sure with the strategy we were running we would have been in the top four at the end of the day. No points has allowed Motoyama and Matsuda to close up on my second place in the Championship, so I have to secure this position in the final at Suzuka" Michael said Sunday evening

<pre> 2000.9.17 / START:14:33 / FINISH:15:54 / WEATHER:FINE / COURSE:DRY Pos. No. DRIVER TEAM LAP TOTAL BEST 1 0 TORANOSUKE TAKAGI PIAA NAKAJIMA 62 1:20'48.792 1'16.924 2 19 SATOSHI MOTOYAMA IMPUL 62 1:20'50.410 1'16.912 3 2 TSUGIO MATSUDA PIAA NAKAJIMA 62 1:21'18.713 1'17.293 4 11 YUJI TACHIKAWA COSMO OIL CERUMO62 1:21'38.215 1'17.256 5 9 RALPH FIRMAN Morinaga NOVA 62 1:21'46.889 1'17.543 6 56 JUICHI WAKISAKA ARTA 62 1:21'50.410 1'17.905 7 10 KOJI YAMANISHI Morinaga NOVA 62 1:21'50.912 1'17.334 8 5 NAOKI HATTORI 5ZIGEN 62 1:22'06.266 1'17.920 9 68 RYO MICHIGAMI DoCoMo DANDELION61 1:20'55.953 1'17.963 10 4 TAKESHI TSUCHIYA Olympic KONDO 61 1:21'27.657 1'17.729 11 3 MASAHIKO KONDO Olympic KONDO 61 1:21'38.054 1'18.223 12 12 JAROSLAW WIERCZUK COSMO OIL CERUMO61 1:21'42.323 1'17.829 13 62 SHINSUKE SHIBAHARA LEYJUN 61 1:21'44.534 1'18.169 14 36 TETSUJI TAMANAKA TAKAGI B-1 60 1:21'16.828 1'19.272 15 63 OSAMU LEYJUN 60 1:21'55.422 1'19.751 16 *8 YUDAI IGARASHI LeMans 59 1:21'13.684 1'17.292 17 7 HIDEKI NODA LeMans 57 1:21'07.715 1'17.049 (ABOVE FINISHED)

- 14 SHIGEKAZU WAKISAKA MOONCRAFT 34 45'23.069 1'17.569 - 6 MICHAEL KRUMM 5ZIGEN 12 15'52.889 1'17.927 - 21 ALEX YOONG TEAM MALAYSIA 9 12'01.639 1'18.270

FASTEST LAP:No.19 SATOSHI MOTOYAMA 1'16.912(49/62

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