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
Richard Gibbs

Richard Gibbs Director Sales & Strategy

Richard brings to the team over 20 years of sales & senior level management experience. Holding senior roles in sales, customer managment, director and chief operating officer he not only brings to the team a wealth of experience but owns a Lotus as a daily driver.

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.

Stuart Mak

Adrian Deans Service Supervisor

The newest member to Simply Sports Cars, Adrian takes on the role of managing all our workshop activities. With a wealth of experience and ready to get his hands dirty either on the tools or the keyboard pumping out quotes Adrian does it with a smile. 

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

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

Steven Cruise Mechanic

There are rumours Steven models part time but all we know is he is one of hardest working mechanics who loves to get out on the weekend in the Lotus Elise Cup 220 to wow the crowds at a cars and coffee event.

Duncan Andrews Mechanic

Multiple degrees, Lotus Owner, race driver & super quick in a go-kart. Duncan is always ready to talk shop, pick up tools or show how its done out on the race track.

Alastair Noble

Youngest member of the SSC family, Ali is learning the ropes about the Lotus world and does it with joy and enthusiasm. He labels himself as our in house 'stud' and backs it up with his mechanical knowledge, 4 years of robot engineering & creative solo DJ work. A great all rounder who helps the older team members remember their inner child.

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.

PJ Slingerland

Michael Lanzetta Vehicle Consultant

Michael has a love for all cars fast, including his Abarth. Passionate about the automotive industry & fitness.

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!

Gemma Gibson

Tony Zhang Crash repairs

A scratch, a smashed panel, a track repair? Tony is our guy with years of experience with colour matching and fibreglass repairs. A perfect compliment to our team of Mechanics and Engineers to get your Lotus back on the road (or track)

Paul D'Ambra Brand, Marketing & Events Manager

Paul brings to the team over 20 years consumer retail marketing experience having worked for and with some of the largest brands in the world. A passionate car lover from childhood he's driven a Formula 1 car, tackled the famous 'Green Hell' & Eau Rogue while also spending a few weeks scouring every mountain pass in the Swiss Alps including Stelio Pass. You'll find him behind the camera lens, online or behind the wheel of his '08 Lotus Elise SC. 

For all Marketing & Events enquiries you can email Paul here

Paul D'Ambra from Simply Sports Cars Lotus