We have to ponder what Ayrton Senna would think of the whole drift scene. Would the Formula 1 legend look down his nose at the phenomenon as the automotive equivalent of figure skating or embrace the sideways action for its all-or-nothing ethic? We ask because filmmaker Stephen Brooks has invoked the spirit of Senna in his latest clip covering the 2011 Maxxis British Drift Championship. Brooks has made a habit of crafting beautifully shot motorsports videos, but the addition of Ayrton's most famous quote strikes us as an odd choice.

To us, the Brazilian was speaking of direct competition between racers when he said, "You should know that by being a racing driver you are under risk all the time. And if you no longer go for a gap that exists, you are no longer a racing driver," not a driver putting on a show for a panel of judges.

Then again, racing is racing, and we're never ones to turn away from an excellent piece of motorsports videography. Hit the jump to check out the clip for yourself.

SIX | DAYS from Stephen Brooks on Vimeo.



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      Redline
      • 3 Years Ago
      Drifting demonstrates excellent driver skill in car control but it is hardly racing.
      Rocko
      • 3 Years Ago
      4:20
      Christopher Anderson
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've been fortunate enough to see a wide range of different kinds of racing, but none are as exciting to watch as drifting.
        Redline
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Christopher Anderson
        You haven't watched a close MotoGP race or Loeb flying down a rally stage then.
          Xedicon
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Redline
          Oh man MotoGP is almost too insane to watch! I agree that it's much more intense than watching drift! I personally could never do it - I mean going triple digit speeds into or out of a corner with both wheels off the ground and starting your lean already and the tires hit and the bike wobbles and pure physics is the only reason it doesn't end in a rolling mass of twisted metal and rider - *shivers*
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Redline
          He's talking about in person. Kind of hard to see a MotoGP race when they don't race much in the US. Same goes for Loeb since the WRC isn't racing in the US. Go watch a high profile professional drift event. It is about the most exciting motorsports even you will ever see in your lifetime. Formula D provides some of the best sights and sounds. Seen that first hand. Smoke just billowing off the cars and V8 and V10 roars (sometimes a scream from the BMW 350r driven by Michael Essa). I think the best roars come from Chris Forsberg's 370Z powered by Nissan's VK56DE, Tanner Foust's tC with the TRD/Michael Waltrip Racing built NASCAR-spec 358c.i. V8, The Crazy Swede's Challenger SRT/8, and Vaughn Gittin Jr.'s Ford Mustang.
        FRED
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Christopher Anderson
        The best sports to watch live is Rally, Formula 1, Moto GP....
      ryanandrewmartin
      • 3 Years Ago
      Awesome vid. Love the super slo-mos.
      FRED
      • 3 Years Ago
      It takes a great racing driver from the best motor sport in the world for them to use in their video.... No one in drifting having anything great to say...SAD