Maxxis Drifth Championship video

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.