Our team
of experts


Lee Knappett Director

After completing a degree in Automotive engineering, Lee started his career on home turf in the UK with the illustrious Roush engineering. Working on several of their racing development programs as well as military contracts whilst repairing and racing Lotus cars in his spare time, Lee gained valuable industry experience before relocating to Australia. He then founded Simply Sports Cars and the rest is history!

Lee Knappett
Stuart Mak

Stuart Mak Engineering Manager

Starting with Lee not long after SSC's foundation, Stu was fresh out of Sydney Uni with a degree in Mechatronic Engineering. Designing USYD's first ever paddle shift system for their Formula SAE race car he gained valuable knowledge in the design and mechanics of open wheel race cars. Heading the design and development of most of SSC's product lines, Stu also works alongside Lee in the day to day operations and running of the business.

Nick Ray Data Engineer

With a degree in Mechatronic Engineering and a wealth of experience in engine management system design, Nick joined SSC to head the design and development of SSC's range of Plug In Performance engine management systems. With an eye for detail and experience across several ECU platforms Nick is our in house guru on engine management, data analysis and telling us when it's lunch time.

Nick Ray
PJ Slingerland

PJ Slingerland Logistics and Resources Manager

Possibly the most enthusiastic Lotus owner around, PJ shipped himself and his Elise (an orange one, unsurprisingly) over from Amsterdam to Australia in 2004. Initially one of the first SSC customers, PJ made the leap while SSC was expanding and reinforced the team to manage our events, marketing, on-line presence and our ever more substantial inventory in the parts room.

Richie Kearney #1 Mechanic

Richie's experience as a Race mechanic could rival almost anyone. Originally from the UK rich travelled the world working as a #1 for teams in A1GP, Formula Nippon, Formula Holden & V8 Supercars to name a few. Now calling Sydney home his eye for detail is still second to none & he won't stop until the job is race ready.

Richie Kearney

Harley Boskovic

Tony Zhang

Gemma Gibson

Gemma Gibson Accounts

The rose amongst the thorns, Gemma keeps us all in line and keeps the accounts up to date. Just make sure you don't owe us money and you'll get along fine!