Martin Donnelly Chief Instructor
Driving Academy Chief Instructor and former Lotus Formula 1™ driver Martin Donnelly developed a unique driver training programme. The new design format is developed around the requirements of the individual participants while also enhancing the knowledge of driving lines, precise steering, smooth power application and effective braking.
As responsible Chief Instructor he talks passionately about the Lotus Driving Academy, “Lotus cars are real driver’s cars. The Lotus Driving Academy is the perfect way to experience the special relationship between a car and the track and it’s a great opportunity for customers or aspiring customers to push themselves to the limit and experience everything Lotus has to offer. The circuits we have chosen to run the Lotus Driving Academy at are very technical so the training is comprehensive and challenging. There really is no better driver training out there!”
Danny Hartgrove Instructor
My involvement with Lotus dates back to 1996. I started on the production line building the Series 1 Elise and shortly after became a Service Technician for Lotus Sport, which is where I am today. My job role varies from servicing and upgrades to engine rebuilds and full vehicle restoration. I have worked on a wide range of Lotus Cars, which also include special projects such as, the Lotus GT3 race-car, Sport 190 Elise, Exige 240R and the 2-Eleven GT4 Superlight. I have been a fully qualified Lotus Instructor for the past 4 years. I get involved with Lotus Driver Training, customer prospect events and product demonstrations at Hethel and other UK circuits. I hold a Class B Race Licence and I am a certified ARDS Instructor.
David Brise Instructor
I started karting in 1995 in a formula TKM 100. Testing for wheel and ignition manufacturers led on to becoming a race instructor at the age of 19.
I have been a professional instructor for 7 years with experience in all driving disciplines, some of which is based at the Lotus site in Hethel on the Driver training programmes. I am currently racing a Formula Ford 1600 in which I have a number of Class wins to my name.
Graham White Instructor
Presently involved in track day instruction, high performance driving tuition and race driving instruction and coaching.
Engine building and car preparation, trackday and club level motorsport.
Car manufacturers promotional events, vehicle dynamics.
First worked with Lotus Cars Ltd on the launch and promotion of the series 1 Elise with Alistair McQueen. Instructed on the Lotus Driver Training Days at Hethel with the S1 and S2 Elise until 2002.
Joined Lotus Cars again in 2007 instructing on the Driver Training days and SYS days via Simon Poole Motorsport.
Motorsport instructor since 1999 when I started at the Brands Hatch Race School. Continued with Brands Hatch instructing on the Rally School, Super Car Experience and corporate events.
Also work with Caterham Cars on their experience days and have instructed at most circuits in Britain.
Motorsport background starts in 1975 racing a Mini prepared by myself going on to preparing cars for other people to race. Got into instructing by showing my customers how to drive the cars I've prepared for them. Have also competed in Fiesta, Rover SD1, Caterham, Morgan+8 and at present competing in historic saloon car racing in a Mini Cooper S. Have raced this year and 2007 at Pau, Spa and Dijon in the Cooper S.
Paul Adams Instructor
I am a Vehicle Development Engineer and have worked at Lotus since 1995. I drove the first Lotus soapbox (119) in 2002 at Goodwood and drove the third Lotus soapbox (119C) in 2004, winning outright and setting the fastest time ever recorded. I have taken part in sprint races held on the Lotus track and I also raced in the 125cc Rotax Max Go-Kart class in 2000/1.
In 2005 I started working for Lotus Motorsport as a track driving Instructor, helping out with client ride and drives and also demonstrating Lotus product at various race circuits.
Simon Poole Instructor
I have been involved with Lotus for 8 years, originally owning one of the Ex-Autobytel series Motorsport Elises and racing it for 3 years. I have been a Lotus owner for 12 years and currently own a 1966 Lotus Elan.
My racing career started in 1998 racing an Alfa GTV and then moving on to Lotuses. I have been instructing at Lotus on the Driver Training programme for the past 5 years. I am a full time professional instructor and work freelance for a number of other manufacturers including Aston Martin, Ferrari, Mazda, Seat and Renault, and at most circuits in the UK and Europe.