After having a number of its race car components seized by a court in Le Mans, France earlier in the week due to an alleged financial dispute, the Lotus Praga team, run by German outfit Kodewa, has been cleared to race in this weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.

After an interrupted qualifying session, the team’s two 2013 T128 LMP2 prototypes managed to qualify in the 23rd and 24th positions.

In a statement, team officials said they had filed a criminal complaint against Stéphane Chosse and the firms Adess and SCE Solutions.

They claim that Stéphane Chosse is the one that owes money to Kodewa and that the German had presented fictitious and unjustified invoices to the court in Le Mans, which led to the team’s components being seized on Monday.

The court on Wednesday decided to give the seized parts back to the team, claiming the allegations against it were reasonless.

Kodewa now plans to take further action against Stéphane Chosse, Adess and SCE Solutions.

The #32 Lotus Praga T128 prototype will start at 23rd on the grid and be driven by Thomas Holzer, Dominik Kraihamer and Jan Charouz. The #31 car will start at 24th on the grid and be driven by James Rossiter, Kevin Weeda and Christophe Bouchut.

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