LONDON — Fernando Alonso will be replaced by New Zealander Brendon Hartley in the Toyota World Endurance Championship (WEC) team after the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June, the Japanese manufacturer announced on Wednesday. Toyota said Formula One two-time champion Alonso "will explore new motorsport adventures within the Toyota Gazoo Racing family." No details were given, but the Spaniard recently tested a Toyota Dakar Rally car in South Africa. The next edition of that race will be held in Saudi Arabia in January 2020. Alonso won Le Mans with Toyota last year and will be trying to win the Indianapolis 500 with McLaren later this month to become only the second driver to complete the so-called "Triple Crown of Motorsport." "Now is a good time to take on new challenges, and there are many interesting opportunities to explore within Toyota Gazoo Racing," said the 37-year-old, who left Formula One last year. "We still have two important races remaining as we are still in the fight to become WEC World Champions, and I will be pushing hard to win both of them." Hartley won Le Mans with Porsche in 2017 and is a two-time World Endurance champion. He raced in Formula One with Toro Rosso last year. "I believe I am returning to WEC an even stronger driver following my experience in Formula One," he said. The 2019-20 WEC season starts at Silverstone on Sept. 1 and runs to Le Mans on June 14, 2020.
It's been announced that YUIMETAL (Scream, Dance) will be leaving BABYMETAL. SU-METAL (Vo, Dance) and MOAMETAL (Scream, Dance) will continue their activities as a two-member group.
YUIMETAL had been taking a break from her activities after not participating in the group's live at Hiroshima Green Arena last December due to poor health. The members and staff had been supporting her to make a comeback at their upcoming Japan tour 'BABYMETAL WORLD TOUR 2018 in JAPAN,' which starts on October 23, but YUIMETAL has decided to leave the group.
Ebisu Muscats will hold a live called 'Fuyu no Sotsugyoushiki ~Ittokukedo Watashitachi Zutto Muscats Sukidakara SP~' on December 15 at Stella Ball in Tokyo.
The following six members will graduate after this live: Kamisaki Shiori, Kogawa Iori, Su-bu, Tamori Misaki, Natsume Hanami, and Minato Riku. A total of 37 members are scheduled to perform at this concert to see off the graduating members.
On June 1, it was announced that voice actress Yajima Akiko will be leaving the role of Nohara Shinnosuke in anime 'Crayon Shin-chan.'
Yajima has been in charge of the voice of Shinnosuke since the anime started on April 13, 1992. Her last episode will be June 29, and it hasn't been decided who will take her place.