Once we had driven past Yaser's rollover, and headed up the slide and glide portion past Nawankot, our oil pressure guage somehow decided that it was gonna get stuck at H. Farooq insisted on stopping to check things, though I was in favour of driving on as everything seemed OK. Pulled to the side and Farooq did a quick check, all seemed OK and we got back on the track.
Here an oldish black Jimny caught up with us at great pace. We were crossing a dhar and he did not have much of an issue finding his way around us, this portion was slightly dusty and we followed him for a bit but lost him after sometime. about five mins later, as we approached a big right turn on top of a dune, we saw that the Jimny was resting on the outer bank of the turn at a 45 degree angle.Its two right wheels off the ground and two people were pushing it back upright. As we overtook them they seem to have managed to get all wheels on ground and hurriedly were getting back into the car. A couple of turns later as we took a Left 120 turn at the base of a dune leading onto a CP and straightish track afterwards, we saw to our left that Khan Sb. was back behind us and was making his way down the dune. The external rollcage seemed to have kept the car intact.
Now as soon as we had our card stamped at the CP, I floored the FJ for a full V8 launch thinking that we should have some fun with the Jimny on the straight track. Then I somehow recalled the gusto and spirit with which the two guys were pushing the Jimny back up and getting back in, I thought that God knows what these guys are upto and maybe they were competitive in their category. So the racer gave in to the gentleman, and I pulled the car completely off the track and waited for the Jimny to pass. Pass it did and I remember the next few seconds in slow motion when one hand emerged from the right window of the car waving us a thank you and another hand other from the left window doing the same. At this point I saw a piece of paper fly past the left of our FJ and I remember saying to myself that "no, that didn't actually happen, it can't be that!". Lo and behold, the next instant we see the Jimny takes a 90 degree turn off the track as the guys turn around and start looking for their timing card. Yes, in thanking us for giving them way the navigator had dropped the timing card from his hand! One can only imagine the intensity of the kind words of appreciation emanating from the driver's mouth here....
Yes, it does seem that they found their timing card and as we hit the Khabar track soon afterwards, they came in for a third overtake of the FJ and this time no thank you hands were visible.