Key Personnel

Introducing the key personnel behind Jota Advanced Engineering.

Sam Hignett

Partner, Jota Group

A qualified materials engineer, former professional racing driver and veteran of Le Mans both as a driver, team owner and team manager for multiple high profile privateer and works outfits, Sam now focuses his attentions on running the Jota Sport racing team and overall development of the Jota group of companies.


Sam founded Jota in its original guise of Team Jota in 2000 and has been navigating its impressive development and growth since. Sam is a well-established figure in motorsport paddocks and as such also advises several major automotive manufacturers on their motorsport programmes.

Simon Dolan

Partner, Jota Group

Simon Dolan is a prominent British businessman and owns a number of different companies across a wide range of sectors, including accountancy, employment services, publishing and aviation.
Forever a lover of great motor cars, Simon initially discovered motorsport first-hand when his wife purchased him a private coaching day at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground with professional racing driver Sam Hancock in 2007. This was Simons first ever track experience, after which he embarked on an intensive driver training programme with Sam, with the ultimate goal of racing at Le Mans.

David Clark

Partner, Jota Group

David Clark is a celebrated historic car dealer and racer, with a lifelong involvement in the historic car business and GP racing.


He was a Director of McLaren from 1994-1998. A prominent driver in historic motorsport, he has raced some of the world’s greatest cars including the Aston Martin DBR1, DP212 and DP214; and the Ferrari 250 GTO and 250 SWB. His favourite car is his McLaren F1 GTR, which he has owned since 1997. In 1995, the car led Le Mans for 13 hours and eventually came third overall.

Ryan Goodger

Managing Partner, Jota Advanced Engineering

As Managing Partner, Ryan oversees the day to day running of JOTA Advanced Engineering, ensuring that the team of world-class engineers deliver outstanding solutions using our cutting edge technology.

Starting his Engineering career at the age of 16, Ryan spent 9 years working in Scientific Vacuum industry covering all aspects of technological processes, before moving into motor racing at JRM Motorsport, where he was instrumental in building up their in-house machining and manufacturing facilities over a three year period.

In 2012 Ryan moved on to the JOTA Group, where he worked with Sam Hignett to establish JOTA Advanced Engineering, initially to provide components for the Group’s successful motor racing division Jota Sport. In addition to servicing the racing team’s needs, along with customers and partners across the motorsport industry, Ryan has also built up the business portfolio of the CNC machining capabilities, expanding into the wider Motor Racing, Luxury Car, Aviation, Power Generation, Scientific and Medical sectors.